Hoffmann's two-toed sloth in exhibit

Hoffmann’s Two-toed Sloth

Scientific Name

Choloepus hoffmanni

Class

Mammalia

Order

Pilosa

Range

Central and South America

Habitat

Treetops in tropical rainforests

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Hoffmann's two-toeth sloth in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Hoffmann's two-toed sloths are solitary, largely nocturnal, arboreal animals. These sloths spend most of their time in trees, though they may travel across the ground to move to a new tree. Hoffman's two-toed sloths are some of the world's slowest mammals—so slow, in fact, that algae grows on their furry coat. The plant gives them a greenish tint that serves as camouflage in their dense rainforest habitats.

Interesting Fact 1

Large, hooked claws help Hoffman's two-toed sloths hang from the trees without exerting too much energy.

Interesting Fact 2

By night, they eat leaves, shoots, and fruit from the trees and get almost all their water from juicy plants.

Interesting Fact 3

Sloths even sleep in trees, and they sleep a lot—some 15 to 20 hours every day. Even when awake, they often remain motionless and almost completely silent.

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