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Sloths: Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloth

Linnaeus two-toed sloth at the london zoo'

"Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloth" by Dick Culbert;
used with permission under CC BY 2.0

Linnaeus's two-toed sloths are found all over south America.

These sloths belong to the Megalonychidae grouping of sloths because they have two "toes," or long and hollow claws, in the front!

Like most sloths, however, Linnaeus's two-toed sloths are three things. First, they are nocturnal, which means they are awake at night and asleep during the day. Second, they are solitary, which means that they are generally found alone (when they are not mating or with child, that is!). Third, they are arboreal, which means that they live most of their lives travelling through the trees.

Unlike three-toed sloths, Linnaeus's two-toed sloths are a little bit bigger, have a little bit longer hair, see the world with a little bit larger eyes, and climb through trees with a little bit longer arms. These differences are so little that it has taken scientists years of studying these animals to pinpoint them!