interesting facts about sloths

interesting facts about sloths

 interesting facts about sloths

interesting facts about sloths

Far back in time before the American continent was populated with humans, these weird tree animals were numerous even in the southern part of North America. Since the advent of man, however, their numbers have gone down dramatically. They are today found in larger numbers in the Antilles.


Slow and sort of fat but likeable

One particular feature of the Sloth is its stomach which can account for up to two-thirds of its entire body weight! Its metabolism and digestive process are so slow that it can take as much as a month for it to digest its food! Imagine if what you ate this morning would only get digested in a month. We would all be obese.

interesting facts about sloths
interesting facts about sloths


The sloth’s only defense is its large claws and will resort to lashing out with them if the need be. Usually, these weird animals don’t have to be so aggressive as predators cannot find or get to them. Sloths are easily camouflaged with the trees and because they are so slow they don’t make a lot of noise and are not too noticeable in the wild. Still, humans like to hunt them and so do jaguars and eagles.


The least amount of effort possible

These strange animals are quite slow and lazy : they will only move if absolutely necessary. Consequently, they only have one-quarter of the muscle mass that animals of similar weight possess. Even the claws are designed for them to expend the least amount of effort possible. Their curved shape allow the sloth to hang down from tree branches (a favorite position) with no effort at all. Even when shot from below or if they otherwise die in that position, they often do not fall from the branch and remain as they were when they were alive! They also give birth in this position.


Let’s talk about excrements

They do have to move and get back to the ground when they need to pee or take a crap but will only do so about once a week. It is a vulnerable time for the sloth because of the predators so it is perhaps forgivable that it seldom empties itself out. They also like to bury their excrements at the same place every single time. It has been suggested that the reason for this behavior is that the sloth sticks around one main tree for a large part of its life and feed off its branches and leaves. By burying excrements close to this tree, the sloth gives it nourishment and helps it grow.

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