A Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus) has come to the Debrecen Zoo recently.
He is the third Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth in Debrecen and he came from Germany.
The sloth is the world’s slowest mammal, so sedentary that algae grows on its furry coat. The plant gives it a greenish tint that is useful camouflage in the trees of its Central and South American rain forest home.
Sloths are identified by the number of long, prominent claws that they have on each front foot. There are both two-toed and three-toed sloths.
All sloths are built for life in the treetops. They spend nearly all of their time aloft, hanging from branches with a powerful grip aided by their long claws.