Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54547

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Xenarthra
Family:Megalonychidae
Genus:Choloepus
Genus species:Choloepus hoffmani

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:61 cm
Weight:5.7 kg
Identification:The two-toed sloth is grayish-brown with a pale face. Its fur often has a greenish tint due to algal growth.
Habitat:Tropical forests
Diet:Herbivore: leaves, twigs, fruit
Reproduction:A single offspring is born after a gestation period of 11.5 months. Sloths can live for as long as 20 years.
Males are solitary while females live in groups.
Behavior:The two-toed sloth sleeps during the day where it keeps still to conserve energy and avoid enemies.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Females outnumber males 11 to 1. The two-toed sloth eats, sleeps, and gives birth while hanging upside down in trees.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern North America
Northern South America
Date:1965-10 Subjects:Hoffman's sloth
edentate
Two-toed tree sloth
Two-toed sloth
Choloepus
Megalonychidae
Sloths
Xenarthra
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata