Sloths are in the same order as armadillos and anteaters.
Habitat & Range
Tropical rainforest canopies in lowland and montane forests. This species is strictly arboreal.
Central America and northern South America, including Colombia, Venezuela, Suriname, the Guianas, Brazil, and the upper Amazon basin of Ecuador and Peru. It ranges from sea-level up to 8,000 feet (2,438 m).
Linne’s Two-toed Sloth
Sloths are so sedentary that algae grow on their long fur. The greenish color of the algae provides camouflage that helps sloths blend into the rainforest canopy. Their fur actually has groves in each strand that allow algae to grow and collect. They sleep 15-20 hours a day and often remain motionless even when awake. They feed at night when they are protected by darkness.
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Two-toed sloths are not listed as endangered but their numbers are declining mainly due to loss of their rainforest habitat. They are heavily hunted in Brazil for their meat. Their pelt is used for saddle covering and the curved claws are used to make jewelry. Two-toed sloths are present in many protected areas, which accounts for its IUCN status.
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