Animals of the world, Sloths

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  • Sloths live in the tropical forests of Central and South America
  • Sloths can be 60 to 80 cm (24 to 31 in) long
  • Sloths move only when necessary and even then very slowly. This is an evolutionary adaptation to their low-energy diet of leaves, and to avoid detection by predatory hawks and cats who hunt by sight
  • Sloths have long legs, stumpy tails, and rounded heads with inconspicuous ears.
  • Their specialized hands and feet have long, curved claws to allow them to hang upside down from branches without effort
  • Muscles make up only 25 to 30 percent of their total body weight
  • The algae that grow on sloth`s fur helps them avoid predators by letting them blend with green leaves.
  • Sloths munch on leaves, twigs, and buds. The leafy food is digested slowly; a fermenting meal may take up to a week to process
  • Surprisingly, sloths are strong swimmers. They will sometimes drop down from their treetop perches into the water and use their extended arms to propel through the water.
  • Sloths spend a majority of their time up in the canopy
  • Three-toed sloths go to the ground to urinate and defecate about once a week

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