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Aviary Animal Fact Sheet
Choloepus didactylus

Native to central and South America.

Related to the armadillo and the anteater. Almost entirely arboreal except to come to the ground to defecate, urinate and change trees. Only pass urine and stool once every 3-8 days and can loose up to 30% body weight at elimination. If forced to the ground, however, must crawl because it lacks the arm strength to support its body.

They are good swimmers and are nocturnal; they spend 15 hours a day sleeping. The sloth's natural enemies are snakes and birds of prey.

Habitat: Found primarily in rainforests.
Diet: Leaves, young shoots, blossoms and fruits.
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Weight: up to 20 lbs.
Height: up to 2 feet
Lifespan: Captive sloths have been known to live up to 40 years
Reproduction & Offspring:

Sexual maturity at 2-3 years. Babies are born fully furred, eyes open and with all teeth. Leaves the mother at around 9 months.


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