Mollie's Adventures

Learning something new everyday

Lazy Sloth

Fun fact of the day…

Due to the low nutritional value of their leafy diet, sloths are decidedly “lazy” by most mammalian standards, moving quite slowly and sleeping a great deal

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-two-toed_sloth.html

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Common swift

Fun fact of the day…

The Common swift spends most of their lives in the air, living on the insects they catch in their beaks.

http://www.avianweb.com/commonswifts.html

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Gila Monster

Fun fact of the day…

A synthetic version of a protein found in Gila monster’s saliva is used as a treatment for diabetes in humans.

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/gila-monster/

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Stomach of the sloth

Fun fact of the day…

Sloths have large, multi-chambered stomachs (like cows);bacteria in their gut help digest the large amount of plant matter they eat

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-two-toed_sloth.html

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Otters

Fun fact of the day…

Otters hold hands(paws) when sleeping so they don’t drift away from each other.

http://twentytwowords.com/2011/05/19/sea-otters-holding-hands-to-keep-from-drifting-apart-while-sleeping/

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Let out a scream

Fun fact of the day…

When female sloths are ready to breed, they let out a nighttime “scream” that alerts any interested males.

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-two-toed_sloth.html

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Death grip… literally

Fun fact of the day…

Sloths have a powerful grip: their long claws curve around tree branches like a safety harness. Even after a sloth dies, it sometimes remains hanging in the trees with its death grip

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-two-toed_sloth.html

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Sharp claws

Fun fact of the day…

Sloths have sharp claws that are 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 centimeters) long—handy for hanging onto tree branches

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-two-toed_sloth.html

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Digits

Fun fact of the day…

2013 is the first year since 1987 that consists for four different digits

Truth!

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Muscle Mass

Fun fact of the day…

With a muscle mass of only 25 percent, the sloth cannot shiver when it’s cold.

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-two-toed_sloth.html

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