20 facts about Sloth

11.Their body temperature varies from 86 to 95 Fahrenheit.
Sloths do not regulate their body temperature like most mammals by changing their metabolic rate but moving from sunny areas to shade. It results in lower caloric requirements than in other mammals of similar size. That is the reason why plants are entirely sufficient for sloths.
12.Sloths move very slowly, with an average speed of 0,24 kilometers per hour.
They lead a sedentary life, traveling a distance of 24 meters a day – 17 meters during the day and 5 meters at night. Moving takes about 6-17% of the time during the day. Sloths spend 60-80% of the day resting, 7-17% for feeding, and 1-6% for courtship.
13.The animals mate at the end of the dry season, and at the beginning of a rainy season (from August to October).
Both the search for mates, pairing, an act of copulation and the birth of the offspring take place in the treetops. Usually, a female gives birth to one young per year and feeds it for six months. Since sloths do not build nests, their offspring are attached to the mother’s body until they grow up. Sloths reach sexual maturity after three years.
14.Sloths are solitary, except for females with their young.
They are peacefully disposed to the surrounding world, and they do not need to defend themselves because they are rarely attacked. Sloths do not fight among themselves and live in treetops with monkeys.
15.Sloths are very resistant to infections.
Even serious injuries do not end with an infection, unlike other animals or humans under these climatic conditions. Learning about this resistance mechanism would allow it to be used in human medicine.
16.Sloths are excellent swimmers.
It is essential during the periodic flooding of large rivers. They can last up to 40 minutes underwater without taking a breath.
17.They have feeble sight and hearing.
Their best-developed sense is taste.
18.They do not need a special water source to quench their thirst.
All they need is dew or raindrops.
19.Sloths have nine cervical vertebrae, while most mammals have seven.
It allows them to rotate their head 180 degrees.
20.The biggest threat to sloths is the deforestation of South America.
South American Indians also hunt them for their meat.

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