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LINNE'S TWO - TOED SLOTH

LINNE’S TWO-TOED SLOTHCholoepus didactylus

Conservation Status: Low Risk / Least Concern

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CLASS

Mammalia

ORDER

Pilosa

FAMILY

Megalonychidae

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General Characteristics

Color: 

Long bristly, gray –brown hair.  

Size:

24-25.5 inches

Weight:

Up to 20 lbs.

Average Lifespan: 

15-20 years

Captive Lifespan:

Up to 30 years

Distribution:

Throughout South America

Habitat:

Tropical forests

Reproduction:

Mating: 

Year round

Gestation/Incubation:

5-6 months

Litter/Clutch Size:

1

Mature: 

Females: 3 years; males: 4-5 years

Diet:

Almost all vegetation, especially leaves, fruits, tubers.

Behavior:

Nocturnal and arboreal, will stay in trees most of the time.

Teaching Facts:

1. Forelimbs are only slightly longer then hind-limbs, in Three-Toed Sloth’s forelimbs are more noticeably longer then hind- limbs.

2. A sloth’s fur is worn “upside down”; parting takes place along the belly not on the back allowing rain to drain off either side, therefore not collecting in the fur.

3. Come down from the trees to defecate once a week.

4. Good swimmers.

5. Closest relatives are anteaters.