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Sloths are the six species of medium-sized mammals belonging to the families Megalonychidae and Bradypodidae, part of the order Pilosa. They are arboreal residents of the rainforests of Central and South America. The sloth's taxonomic suborder is Folivora, while some call it Phyllophaga. Both names mean "leaf-eaters"; derived from Latin and Greek respectively. Names for the animals used by tribes in Ecuador include Ritto, Rit and Ridette, mostly forms of the word "sleep", "eat" and "dirty" from Tagaeri tribe of Huaorani.
The sloth is about the size of a small dog, but spends its entire existence hanging from tree branches. It has stiff grey-brown hair and long claws that it uses as hooks.
Three-toed Sloths move so slowly that even at top speed they reach little more than one kilometer an hour (less than one mile per hour). They are of two types: the slow two-toed sloth, and the even slower three-toed sloth (pictured above and at right).
These creatures react so little that you could fire a gun beside a sloth's head and all the animal would do is turn slowly and blink.
American naturalist William Beebe once followed a sloth for a week in the forest. He said it spent 10 hours resting, 11 hours feeding, 18 hours moving slowly, and 129 hours sleeping!
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Posted: Tue May 24, 2011 12:53 pm
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