Southern two-toed sloths spend nearly all their lives high in the canopy. They are extremely clumsy on land but are surprisingly good swimmers. Sloths are the slowest mammal on the planet and will sleep from 15 to 20 hours a day.


Adopt-an-Animal: Southern Two-toed Sloth

Southern two-toed sloths spend most of their time high up in the forest canopy. Their diet of vegetation takes a long time to digest and food can remain in the digestive tract for up to a month. Because they spend most of their time hanging in trees, their fur grows in the opposite direction of other mammals and has special grooves in it which hosts algae, which serves as camouflage. They are between 21 – 29 inches in length and weigh between 8 – 17 pounds. They have four long limbs with two toes on their front feet and three toes on their back feet. Their teeth grow continuously and are worn down by their diet of leaves. Southern two-toed sloths are primarily nocturnal and solitary animals and can live up to 20 years in the wild and 30 – 40 years in captivity.

Your Adopt-an-Animal donation will be used to support these tree-dwelling mammals and further the San Francisco Zoological Society’s mission to connect people to wildlife, inspire caring for nature and advance conservation action. An adoption of a sloth makes a great gift for friends, coworkers, family or for yourself!

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