Go ahead and take plenty of time here in this category. The slow-moving sloth is only found in Central and South America and is comprised of the families Megalonychidae, two-toed sloths, and Bradypodidae, three-toed sloth, of the order Pilosa. Even with only four living species, there is plenty of information to be found in this category.

3,149 Questions

Why do sloths move so slowly?

The reason sloths move so slowly is because they are trying to conserve energy. Their herbivorous diet consists mostly of leaves, meaning it does not offer the benefit of fats or protein. This lack of nutrition leaves them without much energy (or desire) to move around.

On average, a sloth will travel less than 125 feet per day, and it can take them up to a full minute to move just a foot.


Can a sloth kill people?

no, sloths only kill things like bugs that they eat, if you think of it sloths probably wouldn't have enough strenght to kill a human.

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Is it legal to have a sloth as a pet in western Australia and how much do they cost?

It is not legal to have a sloth as a pet in Western Australia, or in any other part of Australia.


What do sloths eat?

Sloths eat leaves, flower petals and other plant products. They are essentially herbivores. They are the perfect design presented so far by evolution to conserve energy to such an extreme that a simple feat like closing the eyelids takes a long time to be affected. So do their the most sluggish movement along the tree branch. They even give birth on trees.

They eat small insects, leaves and lots of vegetation and bugs. the three toed only eats off a certain tree -all the fruit trees and leaves and eats nothing else.the two toed sloths eat all the other above


How does a sloth breath?

They breathe with a nose and mouth like other mammals.


Can sloths kill you?


Only if they stab you with a knife.


Are sloths omnivores?

Herbivores. Their claws are used to climb the thick bark of trees which is their main habitat.


Can you have sloths at pets in the UK?

Yes, apparently you can:

As of 2007, you don't need a license to own one, but they do live up to 30 years, so it's a huge commitment to be a sloth owner. They also have strict diets and habitat requirements. But in any case, it's at least legal.


What other name for three-toed sloth?



What type of sloths live in jungles?

Tree sloths, Three-Toed Sloths, and Green Sloths are the most prominent sloths in the Amazon Jungle. Other sloths also but mostly those sloths in jungles

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What are the world's slowest animals?

The world's slowest mammal is the Three-toed sloth.

The world's slowest reptile is the Giant Galapagos Tortoise.

The world's slowest bird is the American Woodcock.

The world's slowest fish is the Dwarf Seahorse.

The world's slowest mollusk is the Banana Slug.


Where do sloths live?

Sloths live in Central America and live in the rainforest.
sloths are native to the rainforests of south America. they range from nicaraua,Columbia,Venezuela,the guianas to north cental Brazil and northern Peru.


How much do rain forest sloths weigh?

around 7 to 10 pounds. small enough for raptors (eagles hawks falcons etc) to fly off with

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Do sloths snore?



Is a 2 toed sloth aggressive?

If bothered.


Can you have a pet sloth in NC?

Im pretty sure you can. however you must realize that it can be very hard to get a sloth legally since they are exotic and sort of extinct. you might want to look up the Pros And Cons of getting a sloth before you consider buying one since they are wayyy different from a normal animal like a cat.

If you do get one that good luck and have fun ! :D


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What is the slowest animal on earth?

Answer 1

The three-toed sloth

someone called a "sloth" or "slow as a sloth" because they move really slowly? That's because the sloth -- especially the three-toed sloth -- is the slowest animal around. Their legs and feet are shaped to hang from trees, so it's actually hard for sloths to walk on the ground. They can't run or stand upright on their feet. It would take a sloth nearly a month to walk one mile.

Answer 2

Another reason they are considered the slowest is that they can remain, or appear to remain moitionless for very long periods of time and, when they eventually do move, it is usually not very far at any one time. They are capable of faster movement when threatened, but mostly do nothing more than what they were already doing, very little. However, all species of sloths are adept swimmers. Sloths are not even in contention in first thousand slowest creatures as this is measured by each creatures "fastest" natural obtainable speed, but sloths may be the slowest mammal.

For the category of slowest animal, most shellfish and other marine life may need to be discounted, as many become permanently attached to obstacles or other marine life or environment for all their entire juvenile and adult life once achieving "Spat" size, such as oysters.

Other moving creatures that may vie for slowest speed are, Aphids, Chitons, Starfish, Urchins and some Bivals. I am sure there are many more, so please add some of your potentials , land or marine creatures, in the Discuss Question area so we can further research all our answers over time.


What is a sloth?

The sloth is a medium-sized mammal, having at least six living species, and they live in the trees in the rainforests of Central and South America. Sloths are omnivores - meaning that they eat both meat and plants. SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Subclass: Theria Infraclass: Eutheria Superorder: Xenarthra Order: Pilosa Suborder: Folivora

A sloth are medium-sized mammals that live in trees of the rainforests of Central and South America.

Sloths are considered folivores due to their diet mainly consisting buds, tender shoots, and leaves, mainly of Cecropia trees. There are documentations of the two-toed sloths consuming insects, small lizards, and birds in small quantities to supplement a herbivorous diet. Sloths, like many vertebrates, also display a degree of coprophagy (greek for "feces-devourer") to acquire additional bacteria that would further break down food particles (mainly plant cell walls) and assist digestion.


How does the 3 toed sloth get food?

the three toed sloth eats plants and easy to catch bugs. ***the three toed sloth is faster at swimming than it is at moving in trees or on the ground.****


In which trophic level is the sloth?

Sloths are omnivores, which means they are primary and secondary consumers.


Do sloths live in Africa?



Is there anything being done on protecting the pygmy three toed sloth?

Yes programs, raising money not destroying the homes and relocating the sloths.

please help :)


How can you buy a sloth?

Sloths are not for sale to the general public as they are regarded as a threatened species. If somebody were to have one as a pet, the sloth would not have enough room to remain happy (suprising I know!) and they would be very smelly.

If you are interested in seeing and working with sloths then perhaps working in a sloth sanctuary as a volunteer would be a good idea. Simply search for it on google and there are many available although they are unpaid


How is a sloth adapted to live in a rainforest?

It has adapted by being slow so no predator can see them as they climb trees. Also green algae grows on them so they blend in with the trees.

They also have long arms to help them with their strong swimming, also, they have long claws to help them grip/hang onto trees.


Are sloths as smart as us?



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