Sloths

1) What is a sloth?

The sloth is the world's slowest mammal, sloths are identified by the number of long, prominent claws that they have on each front foot. There are both two-toed and three-toed sloths. Sloths have almost no tails or ears, and their noses are blunt. They have peglike teeth. Their long, coarse hair ranges from grayish to brownish in color, which makes them hard to see among the branches. Sloths also have an extra neck vertebrae that allows them to turn their heads some 270 degrees.


2)How is the sloth born, and how does the mother take care of her young?

Sloths give birth while hanging in the trees. Three-toed sloth babies are often seen clinging to their mothers, they travel by hanging on to them for the first nine months of their lives.

3) How does it get food, and what does it eat?

Sloths use their long claws to hang onto branches while they feast on leaves. Their diets consist of buds, tender shoots, and leaves, mainly of Cecropia trees.


4) Where does it live, and where are some of its habitats?

Sloths are found in the rainforest canopies of Central and South America. Sloths spend their whole lives in trees, and very rarely go on the ground.


5) Who are its enemies, and how does it defend itself?

Sloths are prey by jaguars, large birds, snakes, and humans. A sloth has its claws for defense against predators. However, its very low level of movement and the camouflage make it difficult to notice.

http://www.livescience.com/27612-sloths.html

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/three-toed-sloth/

http://www.worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar514740&st=sloth#tab=homepage


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