Sloth FAQ

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What is a sloth?

A sloth is a slow moving mammal that lives within the trees of the jungles of Central and South America.

How many hours a day does a sloth sleep?

Contrary to popular belief, a sloth only sleeps around 8-10 hours a day. While they don’t move much during the day, they are not necessarily sleeping.

What do sloths eat?

Sloths are generally herbivores or folivores (plant eaters), though they may eat insects small lizards, and carrion as well. [Read more: What Do Sloths Eat?]

Where do sloths live?

Geographically, sloths live in Central and South America. They spend most of their lives living in trees. [Read More: Where Do Sloths Live?]

How long do sloths live?

Some sloths can live up to 30 years.

Can sloths swim?

Yes! And they’re pretty good at it too!

How often do sloths poop?

Sloths only poop about once a week.

What color are sloths?

Sloths are usually a mix of grey and brown though they can also appear green due to symbiotic algae colonies.

Why are sloths sometimes green?

Algae. The sloth’s fur coat hosts an entire ecosystem of insects, algae, and other living things.

Is a sloth a monkey?

No, sloths aren’t monkeys, and they aren’t closely related.

Are sloths mean?

Sloths are generally docile but will lash out with their long, sharp claws if threatened.

Are sloths endangered?

The only currently endangered sloths species is the Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth (Critically Endangered) with a living population of less than 100. The Maned Sloth is considered “Vulnerable,” but not “Endangered.”

How many types of sloths are there?

There are 6 extant species of sloths, there are 4 three-toed species, and 2 two-toed species. [More: Types of Sloths]

Is it legal to own a sloth?

This depends on where you live, and you’ll want to check with the authorities. Either way, they are wild animals, and don’t make good pets.

These are the most frequently asked questions about sloths that we’ve seen. If you have any more questions about sloths, ask away in the comments! 🙂

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