Take Your Time Because We’ve Got Sloths Here

I do find these animals fascinating.  They’re so slow that they have microbiomes living in their fur.  Their metabolism is so slow that they take days to digest food other animals can breakdown in hours.  They stay in the trees and only come down once a week to go the bathroom.

Sloths are pretty cool when you look beyond them simply being slow.

Sloths fall into two categories, which are two-toed sloths (2 species) and three-toed sloths (4 species).  The pygmy three-toed sloth is considered critically endangered and the maned sloth is considered vulnerable.  There biggest threats are:

  • Deforestation, which destroys their environment.  Sloths live in thick canopies where they can hide from predators.  On the ground, they’re too slow to escape snakes and jaguars.  If they are on branches, but are exposed than large birds of prey can snag them.
  • Poaching because . . . humans suck.

For more information, CLICK HERE!  Now the pictures starting with the three-toed sloths

Brown-Throated Sloth (Most Common)

Pale-Throated Three-Toed Sloth (Commonly mistaken for Brown-Throated Sloth)

Maned Three-Toed Sloth (Vulnerable)

Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth (Critically Endangered)

Now for the two-toed:

Linnaeus’s Two-Toed Sloth

Hoffman’s Two-Toed Sloth

Can’t have an animal post without some cute videos:

A note on this last one.  I picked it because there are a lot of videos where people help sloths cross the street.  Many end with the sloth ‘waving a thank you’.  I wondered about this and found an answer in the comments of this video.  Raising its arm is a defensive posture.  Sloths are just so slow that it resembles a wave when it’s really their version of putting up their dukes.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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30 Responses to Take Your Time Because We’ve Got Sloths Here

  1. Darlene says:

    I love sloths! So cute. Thanks for the videos.

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  2. L. Marie says:

    For the longest time my niece was obsessed with a baby sloth video where the twin babies were being shaved. It was pretty cute (though some people complained about it; I think it was taken down).

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  3. I can so relate to these guys today.

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  4. Super post, Charles. Sloths are the cutest. Thanks for the videos too.

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  5. noelleg44 says:

    Sloths are adorable. If I could have one for a pet, I would but that would be a bad thing – they need to be preserved in the wild. Thanks for this post!

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  6. Happy May, Charles! Thanks for sharing another gem. of information. I love them, even i had not seen one in real. Maybe this will be the new way of life, also for humans. Indeed a life of sustainability. 🙂 xx Michael

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  7. V.M.Sang says:

    I love the baby sloths getting a bath–and being hung out to dry, too!

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  8. Jennie says:

    I loved this!

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  10. vetandtechinternational says:

    nice

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