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Paresseux dans les grandes serres © MNHN - F-G Grandin

The Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth

The Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth is a tree-dwelling species of mammal that lives in the forests of tropical America.


Class, order and family :
Mammalia, xenarthra, megalonychidae
Lifespan :
up to 30 years in captivity
Height & weight :
50 to 85 cm / 4 to 8 kg
Gestation :
10 months
Natural habitat :
Diet :
Native region :
Tropical america
Statut UICN : 

Least concern (LC)

Distinctive features

This species has the reputation of being one of the slowest animals in the world. It is particularly vulnerable on land and can take an hour to crawl a few metres.
On the other hand, however, it can climb a tree in just a few minutes in order to escape from a predator, and it is also an excellent swimmer.


Its metabolism is also very slow, it takes a month to digest its food and 48 hours to mate.