Sloth

Sloth

Bradypodidae
Megalonychidae
†Megatheriidae
†Mylodontidae
†Nothrotheriidae
†Orophodontidae
†Scelidotheriidae

Sloths are medium-sized mammals belonging to the families Megalonychidae (two-toed sloth) and Bradypodidae (three-toed sloth), classified into six species. They are part of the order Pilosa and are therefore related to anteaters, which sport a similar set of specialized claws. Extant sloths are arboreal (tree dwelling) residents of the jungles of Central and South America, and are known for being slow-moving, and hence named "sloths". Extinct sloth species include many ground sloths.

Sloths make a good habitat for other organisms, and a single sloth may be home to moths, beetles, cockroaches, ciliates, fungi, and algae.

Read more about Sloth:  Taxonomy and Names, Ecology, Physiology, Evolution, Classification, Extinctions, Conservation

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