The sloth is a very unusual, nocturnal mammal that lives in Central and South America. It is most well-known for being extremely slow-moving. It spends most of its life upside down in trees. In fact, the sloth can do most everything upside down from eating and sleeping to mating and giving birth to young. Sloths also have huge claws which are used for hanging on to branches. Most sleep fifteen hours per day! No wonder sloths have earned such a lazy reputation! Check out these other interesting sloth facts.
-There are five species of sloths.
-A sloth’s teeth are in its cheeks. It has nine on each side.
-Sloths are excellent swimmers, however they can hardly walk. Instead they drag themselves along when they need to get around on the ground.
-Sloths can live 10-15 years in the wild and up to 30 in captivity!
-Sloths have a greenish appearance because algae grow in their fur!
-If a sloth’s body temperature becomes too low, bacteria in the stomach prevent it from digesting food and it will starve.
And while you’re at it, don’t delay in taking a look at these fantastic books about sloths available at the library! Hurry and check one out today. (P.S. You’ll have to move faster than a sloth).
Baby Sloth by Aubrey Lang
A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke
Score One For the Sloths by Helen Lester
“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth by Eric Carle
The Very Sleepy Sloth by Andrew Murray