Choloepus hoffmanni

Range: Central and South America

Habitat: Rainforest canopy

Conservation status: Least concern

Hoffman’s Two-Toed Sloth

  • • Sloths spend most of their lives upside down -- sleeping, eating, mating.
    • Nocturnal and arboreal
    • Very slow metabolism
    • In the wild, the grayish-brown coat may look green because of algal growth during wet seasons. Its pelage is often home for moths that live on the algae.
    • Sloths' feet are adapted for an arboreal lifestyle -- the two toes are used almost like hooks for climbing. On the ground, they have difficulty standing and crawl rather than walk. They are most vulnerable to predation when on the ground.
    • Diet: leaves. Digestion is aided by a multiple-compartment stomach like that of cattle.
    • Predators: jaguars, ocelots, snakes, eagles
    • Gestation period is 11.5 months; one young
    • Color vision
    • 20-year life span.

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