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Linne’s Two-toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-toed Sloth

These sloths are covered in long, pale gray-brown fur with a paler head. Their outer coat is long and course with a shorter, finer undercoat. They have long limbs, the forelimbs being slightly longer than the back. Their forelimbs end in two long, curved claws that are attached to the digits enclosed in a web of skin. The hind limbs are similar but end in three claws. The ears are very small and the tail is small or absent.

Habitat/Range:

Linne’s two-toed sloths are found in Northern South America. They inhabit tropical and mountain forests.

Size:

Length – 1.75 feet. Weight – 20 lbs.

  • Sloth body temperature fluctuates greatly ranging from 75°F to 91.5°F.
  • Sloths often appear green due to symbiotic algae living on their hair.
  • Sloth bodies are made for hanging upside down. Their hair hangs down from their stomach rather than back and their organs are fixed in place to prevent them from suffocating.
  • Sloths carry 1/3 of their weight in waste matter.

IUCN lists as a species of least concern. The major threat they face is deforestation and habitat fragmentation. They are occasionally hunted for meat.

Conservation Action:

This species lives in several protected areas.

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