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.

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

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

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

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

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

7. Sloths are related to armadillos and anteaters.

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

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

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

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

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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