Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth

The digestion process of tough leaves is very slow; it might even take up to 1 month to digest one meal

Hartmut Inerle

Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth is the slowest mammal in the world, moving only 2m (6.5 ft) per minute on the ground and 3m (10 ft) per minute on the tree. They have a coat that ranges from beige to grey-brown with a greenish shade due to mutualistic algae growing on the fur. The coat comprises two layers, a short, fine undercoat and a long, bristly outer coat.

The slow digestion of leaves leads to very little energy available and just enough to move around slowly. They rarely descend from the tree, usually once every week, to defecate on the ground. They also rarely drink, obtaining their water from their juicy foods.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Bolivia
2022
Brazil
2022
Colombia
2022
Ecuador
2022
French Guiana
2022
Guyana
2022
Peru
2022
Suriname
2022
Venezuela
2022

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No