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Two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus)

Two-toed sloth
Two-toed slothTwo-toed sloth

Personal Information
There are two sloths at the Zoo, a male named JT and a female named Janis. Janis was born in 1991 and came to the Zoo in 1992, while J.T. was born in 2005 and has resided at the Zoo since 2009. As characteristic to the name, sloths sleep most of the day. When they are alert, they spend most of their time upside-down from the top of their exhibit.

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.

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

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.

  • 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.