Mollie's Adventures

Learning something new everyday

Sleepy

Fun fact of the day…

When tired, sloths often curl up in a ball in the fork of a tree to sleep.

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

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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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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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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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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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Cold Bodies

Fun fact of the day…

If our own body temperature changes more than five degrees, it means we are very sick! The two-toed sloth is very different: it has the lowest and most variable body temperature of any mammal, ranging from 74 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 33 degrees Celsius), depending on the outside temperature

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

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Sharing space

Fun fact of the day…

Sloth young inherit a portion of the home range left vacant by its mother, as well as her taste for certain leaves. Several sloths can live in a similar home range without competing for food or space.

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

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Imagining peeing once a week?

Fun fact of the day…

The two-toed sloth does everything while hanging upside down from trees, including eating, sleeping, mating, and even giving birth. The only time it comes to the ground is to poop and pee, which it does once a week

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

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