10 Fun Facts About Sloths

Sloths are slow animals and are closely related to armadillos and anteaters. They are kind of cute and funny and so slow and harmless that they get eaten by animals half their size. Read on to know 10 more fun facts about Sloths.

#1. They used to be gigantic

They used to be gigantic

By FunkMonk (Michael B. H.) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons

The modern day sloths are nothing compared to their ancestors. The prehistoric Megatherium (from Xenartha group) was nowhere near to being small and was the size of an Asian elephant. He used to be around 6-7 meters tall and weighed somewhere between four and seven tonnes.

#2. Why so slow?

Sloths are synonymous with being slow. It is known that a sloth can only move 40 yards or 36.5 meters a day. This slowness is caused by their diet and a low metabolic rate. Their food primarily consists of toxic leaves which are tough to digest and provide them with very little energy.

#3. Three toes

Three toes

By Epicawesomewolf [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons

There are two- toed sloths and then there are slower three-toed sloths. However, the two-toed ones have two fingers on each hand.

#4. Excellent swimmers

Sloths love water and they enjoy taking a dip. This makes them excellent swimmers. In fact, they can hold their breath underwater for up to 40 minutes.

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