The Living Rainforest

Two-toed sloth

Choloepus didactylus

Living upside down

The Linne’s two-toed sloth live in the canopy layer of tropical forests, where they spend most of their lives hanging upside down from branches.

They are native to most of northern Southern America, including Venezuela, Brazil and Peru


The family tree

This species of sloth often relies on just one tree to feed it for its whole life. Young sloths inherit this tree from their mothers.

 


Did you know

A sloth’s metabolism is so slow that it can take a whole month to digest its food!


Quick facts

Scientific name
Choloepus didactylus
Native to
South America
Rainforest layer
Canopy
Diet
Plants
Size
Maximum length 85cm
Weight
8kg
Lifespan
30 years
IUCN conservation status
Least concern – learn more
CITES Appendix ii
Trade allowed – learn more

Concerns

Two-toed sloths have a wide geographical range and are rarely hunted (many cultures believe it is bad luck to eat sloth meat). However, they can be hit by cars as they try to cross roads and are sometimes killed by electric power lines that they mistake for branches.