Linn's Sloth

Common Name: Two-toed sloth
Genus: Cholopeus
Species: didactylus

The Linn's sloth is a very gentle animal. It has a white/tan face and the fur is black/dark brown. The fur is a little different than other animals. The fur flows from the front to the back of the animal. The fur is very fine. On the back feet of the sloth there are five claws, three visible, two not visible. The Linn's sloth is about 28 to 29 inches and weighs about 9 to 19 pounds when fully grown. The Linn's sloth moves very slowly. The Linn's sloth is a good size weight but looks fatter than it really is because they have extra skin. The arms of the sloth are long which have two very small claws at the end of their hands so that's why they call it the two-toed sloth. The hind feet are similar but are a little shorter. The head of the sloth is 70 centimeters wide, and the eyes are small.

The Linn's sloth has a life span of 27 to 32 years. The female reaches maturity at the age of three and a half, and the male reaches maturity at the age of four or five. The Linn's sloth mates about any time of year, and only has one baby at a time. The pregnancy period is about ten months, and the interval period is 14 to 16 months between births. The baby sloth stays with its mother for about 5 months then spends time alone. The male sloth plays no part in raising their young. The Linn's sloth does not live in-groups.

The Linn's sloth has two claws on each front-foot that helps it to defend itself and aids in climbing trees. The coloring of the sloth is very helpful. The sloth has an algae that grows in the grooves of the fur that gives the sloth nutrients and which they get by licking themselves. The greenish color helps camouflage it also. The sloth has a big, pouched stomach that can help it digest the tough cellulose in leaves.

The Linn's sloth is an omnivore. It eats leaves, bark, buds, fruit, and sometimes small animals such as: mice, squirrel, and even kangaroo rats. Usually certain types of sloth like certain types of leaves. This particular type of sloth loves Cecropia tree leaves. But usually the sloth favors its mother's choice of vegetation.

The Linn's sloth is a prey animal. The Linn's sloth is not on the endangered species list. The only real danger that they face is deforestation.

by Babette B. 2001


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photo credit: Jack Simmons