(FUN ANIMAL FACTS/WILDLIFE/SLOTHS) Sloths are adorable, slow-moving mammals native to Central and South America. They are solitary mammals and just so happen to provide a habitat for a multitude of other organisms. For instance, did you know a single sloth may be home to moths, beetles, cockroaches, fungi, and algae? Scroll down for a fun list of 15 more surprising sloth facts. — Global Animal
1. Sloths are clumsy on land but are great swimmers.
2. Sloths are arboreal animals, so they spend most of their time in trees.
3. Sloths only urinate/defecate once a week.
4. Contrary to their reputation, sloths only sleep about 10 hours a day.
5. Sloths defecate and urinate at the same place every time and because of this they are vulnerable to predators.
6. Algae grow on their fur, which camouflages them green.
7. Sloths diets consist mostly of leaves which gives them minimal energy and nutrition.
8. Sloths’ primary predators include eagles, snakes, and jaguars.
9. Sloths can retain their grip after death.
10. Three-toed sloths can turn their heads almost 360 degrees.
11. Sloths are nocturnal animals.
12. Sloths have up to four-inch-long claws used to hold onto tree branches.
13. Sloths are solitary creatures who only gather to mate.
14. Female sloths are normally pregnant for seven to 10 months and will only give birth to one baby.
15. Sloths can live up to 40 years old.
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