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Why Sloths Are Weird
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Why Sloths Are Weird

Sloths eat tough and toxin-loaded leaves from only a few trees. A multi-chambered stomach with strong digestive bacteria breaks down this low-energy chow — a month-long process. Running on low fuel, sloths have only one speed: slow.

These Central and South American mammals live in the tree canopy and are divided into three- and two-toed groups.

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Anteater, Sloth, and Armadillo Specialist Group

Anteater, Sloth, and Armadillo Specialist Group

Along with anteaters and sloths, armadillos make up the ancient mammalian group Xenartha. Xentarthans have unusual looks and habitat specializations. Many species are threatened. Find out more. More...

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International Union for Conservation of Nature
Too Cute! Baby Sloths

Too Cute! Baby Sloths

Who knew baby sloths could be this cute? Watch the daily routines of orphaned sloths at a Costa Rican sloth sanctuary in this series of videos. More...

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Animal Planet
Super Sloth Bomber

Super Sloth Bomber

How often do you see a sloth as a video game hero? Super Sloth defends the island of Bombolia from its enemies from a hot air balloon. A retro soundtrack accompanies this old-school game. More...

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Armor Games
Other Mammals: Sloths

Other Mammals: Sloths

They sleep up to 19 hours a day, clamped to tree branches — often upside-down — with their long, sharp claws. Their fur even accommodates this position by growing upward instead of outward. More...

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National Geographic
Saying ‘Boo’ to a Sloth!

Saying ‘Boo’ to a Sloth!

David Attenborough calls the sloth “a mobile compost heap” for the long digestion time of the leaves it eats. He has no trouble sneaking up on this pokey mammal with little muscle mass. More...

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BBC
Sloth Canopy Researcher: Bryson Voirin

Sloth Canopy Researcher: Bryson Voirin

It’s a job that lets him climb trees — really tall ones. Bryson Voirin enjoys his time in Panama’s tree canopy, getting up-close and personal with the sloths he studies. Read about this gig. More...

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Explore Biodiversity & Wild Classroom
Sloth Sanctuary Photo Gallery

Sloth Sanctuary Photo Gallery

These pampered sloths are ready for their close-ups! At the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, sloths get baths and skin treatments that free their fur of algae and insects — and make them cute and cuddly. More...

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DiscoverWildlife.com
The Sloth’s Evolutionary Secret

The Sloth’s Evolutionary Secret

Two- and three-toed sloths may look similar, except for the number of toes on their front feet, but they are not as directly related as you might think. Explore their evolutionary secret. More...

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WIRED
Three-Toed Sloths

Three-Toed Sloths

Three-toed sloths are native to northern South America. With three long claws on each front foot, they can easily climb trees and hang from branches to nap. On the ground?...Well, that’s a whole other story. More...

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National Geographic
Two-Toed Sloth Trivia

Two-Toed Sloth Trivia

Take a chance on this 10-question trivia test on the two-toed sloth of Central America and northern South America. Even if you flub a question or two, the answer key will set you straight.
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FunTrivia.com

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