Mammal

Two-toed sloth

Area: 
Central and South America
Habitat: 
Tropical forests and cloud forests
Food: 
Leaves, stems, buds, and some fruit
What's the Hurry?

 

The two-toed sloth, a nocturnalAwake and active during the night, asleep during the day. animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. that lives in trees in Central and South America, lives at its own pace—a slow one! Using its long, sharp clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons., the sloth makes its way through the branches hanging upside down. What a funny view!

 

A sloth's clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. are handy for hanging onto tree branches but make walking on the ground hard. But sloths are great swimmers and can drop from a tree into a river to swim across it while doing the breaststroke! When sleeping, sloths often curl up in a ball in the fork of a tree.

 

The reason sloths move so slowly has a lot to do with what they eat: a variety of leaves, stems, buds, and some fruit. This kind of dietThe food an animal eats. requires a special digestive system. Sloths have a large, four-chambered stomach, like a cow.

 

The next time someone tells you to hurry up, just say you're taking your time—

just like a sloth!