CREATURE FEATURE: Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

The Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth (Choloepus didactylus) is a mammal. It is also known as the Southern Two-Toed Sloth or the Linnaeus’s Two-Toed Sloth. It is related to the Anteater. There are three-toed sloths (three toes on their front feet) and two-toed sloths (two toes on their front feet).

The Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth has light-brown fur, long limbs, and a protruding nose with large nostrils. It has patches of chestnut-coloured fur on its limbs (arms and legs) and crown. It has brown eyes. It has two toes on its front feet and three toes on its back feet. The toes are actually long curved claws. It does not have many teeth – it has four or five sets of teeth, including canine teeth. It does not have incisor teeth. It has a stubby tail.

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

 

It is larger than three-toed sloths. It measures 54-72 centimetres (21-28 inches) tall.

The Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth is native to South America, in the countries of Venezuela, the Guyanas, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and north of the Amazon River. It prefers tropical rainforests.

It is arboreal, so it prefers to live in trees, and not on the ground. It only comes to the ground when it is changing trees or when it goes to the toilet. When it is on the ground and sees a predator, such as an ocelot or jaguar, it often runs backwards. Other predators include eagles and snakes, such as the anaconda.

It can swim, but it doesn’t swim often. It usually only swims when it is crossing a river.

It is nocturnal, mainly active at night. It eats mainly leaves.

The Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth is a solitary animal.

The female Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth is pregnant for 10 months before giving birth to one live young. The baby becomes independent after about 12 months.

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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