Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth

Hoffman's Two-Toed Sloth

Choloepus hoffmanni

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Quick Facts
Body Length: 19" to 27.5"
Weight: 8 to 17 lbs
Wild Diet: Leaves, tender twigs, and fruit
Zoo Diet: Lettuce, spinach, celery, carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, canned primate diet, Hi-pro monkey chow, and vitamin K supplement
Distribution: Nicaragua, western Venezuela, central Peru, southwestern Brazil, and central Bolivia
Habitat: Lowland and upoland tropical rainforests

A life of LAXury!

Hoffman's two-toed sloth is known as the world's slowest-moving mammal. They also sleep 15 to 20 hours per day, much like your teenage family members. Hoffman's two-toed sloth's hind legs are so weak they have to drag them on the ground!

Description

Hoffman's two-toed sloths are grayish-brown to beige with a greenish cast. Their face is dark. Their tail is absent or vestigial (functionless). They have a small, rounded head; a flattened face with small, hidden ears; and narrow, curved feet. Two digits on the forefeet are bound together with skin for the entire length. Each digit has a hooklike claw approximately 3 inches long. Their hind feet have three toes with hooklike claws. Their fur can grow to be up to 6 inches long.

Status in the Wild

The principal threats to the sloths are habitat loss, hunting, and the illegal wildlife trade. They are totally dependent upon the continued existence of the forests. The fragmentation of their habitats makes breeding increasingly difficult.

Conservation Programs

Listed as “least concern" on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources)


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