Sloths

Sloth


Do you know what is the slowest animal in the rainforest? Did you guess a sloth? If you did, you were right. one reason it is considered the slowest is because It can takes a sloth a week just to travel down a tree just to go to the bathroom! For more information about the appearance, habitat, and prey of the read on.

Appearance

The sloth of the rainforest has a shaggy appearance. It has a flat face and small, round, head. The eyes are small and the ears are tiny. The male sloth has orange or yellow spots between its shoulders. It likes to warm himself from the sun’s rays. They can change their body temperature rapidly. The length of the sloth is is about 24 to 27 inches and it weights up to 18 pounds they have long front legs with small back legs and has hook-like claws. The claws can be seven inches long. It has a vertebrae heads. This mean the head can almost move all the way around.

Habitat

The native habitat of the sloth is the Amazon Rainforest. In South America. It can be found in Brazil, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, and chile. It sleeps upside down and the canopy and the understory. The home range of the sloth is 16. acres. It enjoys wet and warm rainforests of 74-92 degrees.

Prey

The sloth is a herbivores which means it eats plants. It also eats fruits, twigs, eggs, and bugs. For all of this food to be digested, it will take a month. When the slowest animal wants a drink, it mostly get the water from the vegetation it eats. The sloth only hunts in its home range.

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