It’s International Sloth Day!

Today we celebrate the slow-moving stars of our Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit!

Published October 20, 2016

Often hard to spot because of their nocturnal nature, Linne’s two-toed sloths spend their days lounging in the forest canopy. These sloths are known to sleep for up to 20 hours a day! Even in the few hours when they are awake, they rarely come down from high in the trees. sloths-in-tree

Sloths are strict vegetarians at the Aquarium and they have one of the most colorful diets of all our animals. They snack on sweet potatoes, grapes, green beans, leaves, shoots and even red peppers! In the wild they may eat an occasional egg, but the majority of their diet is comprised of fruits and veggies. 
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The Linne’s two-toed sloths’ name is a bit of a misnomer. While all sloths actually have three toes, the Linne’s two-toed sloth’s name actually refers to its two claws on each forelimb. These two claws add to the sloth’s strength and are used to protect themselves from predators. 

Learn more about the Linne’s two-toed sloths here and stay tuned for more updates about our latest sloth addition, Fern! 

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