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Sloths: Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloth

Linnaeus two-toed sloth at the london zoo'

"Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloth" by Brian Gratwicke;
used with permission under CC BY 2.0

Hoffmann's two-toed sloths are found all in South and Central America.

Like Linnaeus's two-toed sloths, these sloths belong to the Megalonychidae grouping of sloths because they have two "toes," or long and hollow claws, in the front!

Linnaeus two-toed sloth at the london zoo'

"Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloth" by Brian Gratwicke;
used with permission under CC BY 2.0

Unlike Linnaeus's two-toed sloths, however, Hoffmann's two-toed sloths are much, much hairier! Whenever these beautiful animals hang upsidedown, they literally look like they are letting their hair loose!

Other than this small difference, however, the only way scientists can distinguish these two is by examining their skeletons. Apparently the forehead part of the skull of a Hoffmann's two-toed sloth is a liiiittle bit different than that of Linnaeus's two-toed sloth.