WHAT IS THE SLOTH?
The Sloth has long gray or brown
hair that blends in well with the surrounding environment,
making it difficult for predators, such as the jaguar,
to see them. This hair curves in the opposite direction
of most other mammals: from the stomach to the back.
Their hair is often covered with a coat of blue-green
algae during the rainy season. This algae provides
camouflage. They grow to a length of between one
and a half and two and a half feet (in about 2 1/2
Their ancestor, the Giant Ground Sloth, which lived
before the last ice age, reached the size of the
modern elephant. The Sloth eats leaves and buds.
The two-toed species also eat twigs, fruits, and
small prey. Their low rate of metabolism enables
them to live on relatively little food. They do
not have incisors and crop leaves with their hard
lips. Their teeth grow continuously, as they are
worn down by the grinding of their food. They don't
drink but get their water from eating juicy leaves
& licking dewdrops.