What is a sloths adaptation

What is a sloths adaptation

There are two variety of sloths, the threetoed and twotoed sloth, and they live in rain forests, spending nearly all of their time dangling from trees. The sloth moves so slowly that algae is able to grow on its fur, turning it from its natural brown color to a camouflaging greenish color, which protects it from predators.

Claws and ArmsThe sloth has long arms and thick, hooked claws. These features allow the sloth to spend almost its entire life hanging from trees, where it finds most of its food and avoids predators.

Slow MetabolismThe sloths slowmoving nature also applies to its digestive system. The sloth has very little energy and spends up to 15 hours a day sleeping, but this means that it requires very little food and only needs to snack on the occasional fruit.

SwimmingAlthough sloths are slow and clumsy on land, they are great swimmers because of their long arms, according to National Geographic. This is an important adaptation because sloths sometimes fall out of trees into rivers or streams.

Neck VertebraeThe threetoed sloth has extra vertebrae in its neck, allowing it to turn its head 270 degrees, which is more than any mammal. This allows it greater flexibility to look for food or predators without expending much energy.


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