But consider the other faces of sloth, such as the face of tolerance, which leads us to accept how we are without any attempt at change. Or the face of apathy. Or the face of procrastination, the persuasive whisper that there is no need to hurry, St. Christopher - Six Foot Sloth - The Fifth Winter (CD us of a proper sense of urgency. Procrastination is knowing what we need to do, but never quite bringing ourselves to do it. Or the face of activity. This is an ironic side to sloth, but very real.
We can fill our lives with busy-ness, events and recreation to the point that we never attend to the matters that most need our attention. Finally, sloth can carry the face of circumstance. Sloth tells us not to bother, to just give in to the situation. Retrieved October 15, Authority control MusicBrainz : eaacaaacc-9bbdb7be89c09f. Namespaces Article Talk.
Views Read Edit View history. Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Wikimedia Commons. These two types are broken down further into 6 different species, each with their own unique attributes and looks and it is important to understand the difference between the two. There are four different species of three toed sloth and believe it or not these guys are the slower ones of the sloth family that really takes some doing!
The four different species are:. Although they are similar in appearance to their two-toed cousins, these two types of sloths are actually placed in different genetic families. Recent analysis of the sloths evolutionary path has come to the conclusion that the two genera are not actually closely related and they developed their arboreal lifestyles independently of each other.
Naming the sloths after the number of toes they have is actually deceptive St. Christopher - Six Foot Sloth - The Fifth Winter (CD both types have three toes. The difference comes in the number of fingers they have and this is where the three and two-toed sections of their names come from. Unlike the two-toed sloths, the three toed sloths are actually very good swimmers as you may remember from this clip on Planet Earth II with David Attenborough!
Unfortunately though they are very slow both on land and in the trees, so they have to make full use of their algae coated fur to camouflage them from any opportunistic predators. They can be found clambering very slowly through the forest floor in Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Columbia and parts of Central America too including Costa Rica! In the wild the three-toed sloths can live for up to 30 years, but if they are this slow now imagine how bad they will be in their old age….
The faster moving and slightly larger of the two types of sloth, the two-toed sloth has a series of difference that set it apart from its distant three-toed relative. However that is far from the only difference between the two. The two-toed variety of sloth has a much more prominent snout, longer fur, and they do not have a tail like the three-toed sloths do. There are two different species of two-toed sloth and they are:.
Both of these species spend most of their lives hanging upside down in trees, but on the odd occasion they do descend to the forest floor they will travel down head first which is the opposite to their three-toed cousins. Once on the ground Album) sloths cannot actually walk, so instead they pull themselves around in a hand over hand movement until they reach their destination, and this goes some way to explaining why they move so slowly.
One thing the two different types of sloths share is the majority of their diet. Their preferred food source is many different types of leaves, but some other common things sloths eat include:. However even in their diet there is a difference between the two types of sloths. Two-toed sloths are a lot less picky when it comes to their dinner plans, and whilst they would prefer to eat the things on the list above, they have been known to tuck into the following when the chance presents itself:.
Everything about these animals is slow including their metabolism, and this means that sloths are able to survive on an incredibly small amount of food. As they expend minimal amounts of energy in their daily lives sloths can get by on a tiny intake of food which is very lucky as could you imagine taking hours to eat an insect and leaf salad!
We touched on this when looking at the two different types of sloth but the sloths habitat ranges across regions of both South and Central America. Both types of sloth tend to occupy the same areas of the forest, with one dominant two-toed sloth and one dominant three-toed jointly controlling one section with their territories ranging from around 0. Sloths spend almost the entirety of their lives high up in the trees, Album), and they have even been known to sleep in the crook of a tree to avoid detection from predators.
On the rare occasion they do make their way to ground level it is almost always to defecate, track down food, Album) even go for a swim! Whilst most of the different species of sloth live in protected areas of land with very healthy habits, there are two species that are classed as endangered on the IUCN red list. The Maned three-toed sloth and the Pygmy three-toed sloth are endangered and critically endangered respectively and this is due to a number of reasons, the first of which being their famed lack of speed….
Sloths have an extremely low metabolic rate which means that they move at the languid and sluggish pace that they are so famed for, expending very little energy as they do so.
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