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Two-toed sloths mainly live in the treetops, where the camouflage effect of their colour makes them almost invisible. Their grey-brown fur is often covered with greenish-blue algae, which can only be found in the hair of these animals. The two have a symbiotic relationship, so to speak. Sloths only rarely come down to ground level, for example to change trees or to defecate, which they only do once a week.
The typical slow-motion movements of this animal should not be interpreted as slothfulness, but serve on the one hand for camouflage purposes and on the other reflect the sloth’s adaptation to a diet which is low in nutritional value.
|Classification||Order: hairy xenarthrans (Pilosa), family: twotoed sloths; related to anteaters|
|Diet||Leaves, young shoots, flowers, fruits, buds, various insects, eggs and rodents|
|Habitat||Tropical rainforests, forest edges, river banks, mostly in the canopy|
|Reproduction||Gestation time: approx. 6–8 months, one young; sexual maturity at 2–3 years; maximum age: over 36 years|