This Is What You Need To Know About Sloths

The Bible had it all wrong. Sloths aren’t lazy - they are really freaking awesome.

1. Sloths aren’t as sleepy as once thought—recent studies indicate they sleep under 10 hours a day.

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2. Sloths are folivores, herbivores that specialize in eating leaves.

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3. Dead sloths may retain their grip and remain suspended from a branch.

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4. Sloths are clumsy on land but are very good swimmers.

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5. The ancient giant ground sloth grew as big as an elephant.

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6. Sloths have extra neck vertebrae that allows them to turn their heads some 270 degrees.

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7. Sloths are related to armadillos and anteaters.

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8. Sloths go to the ground to pee and poop about once a week, digging a hole and covering it afterwards.

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9. Sloths are so sedentary that algae grows on their fur, giving them a greenish tint that acts as a camouflage.

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10. Two-toed sloths spend more time hanging upside-down than their three-toed cousins.

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11. Sloths don’t get obese—they appear to store extra fat on the pads of their feet.

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12. Three-toed sloths are called ais (pronounced “eyes”) because of their long, high-pitched call that echoes through the forests as “ahh-eeee.”

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