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TWO-TOED SLOTH

(Choloepus didactylus)

There is one two-toed sloth at the Zoo, a female named Janis. Janis was born in 1991 and came to the Zoo in 1992. Characteristic of her name,  Janis sleeps most of the day. When she is alert, she spends most of her time hanging upside-down from the top of the exhibit.

ABOUT THE TWO-TOED SLOTH

STATUS IN THE WILD

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. While the population may be decreasing, the two-toed sloth occupies many tropical forest areas which are protected by law.

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HABITAT

This sloth lives in areas of the northern portion of South America, between Venezuela, the Guyanas, and northern Brazil.

DIET

The two-toed sloth is an herbivore that eats leaves, tender twigs and fruit. The two-toed sloth seldom drinks water because it acquires sufficient moisture through its diet.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Two-toed sloths lack a tail. The body is approximately 2-feet-long and an adult weighs between 8 to 20 pounds.
  • Two-toed sloths spend most of their life hanging from trees, and are generally nocturnal animals.
  • The two-toed sloth is greater in size and faster moving than its relative the three-toed sloth. The two-toed sloth has two claws on each forelimb as the three-toed sloth has three.