Linneaus's Two-Toed Sloth

(Choloepus didactylus)

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Graham Amazon Gallery
IUCN Conservation Status
Least Concern (LC)


Tropical rainforest canopies, moist lowlands and montane forests/Throughout Central America and northern South America


Size: 21 to 29" • Weight: 8.8 to 17.6 lbs.

The Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloth is a slow-mo-tion wonder of the animal kingdom. These laid-back mammals take "hangin' out" to a whole new level by spending most of their lives upside down in the trees, moving as little as possible. They are the embodiment of the phrase "slow and steady wins the race."

Despite their sluggish reputation, Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloths are the ultimate multitaskers – climbing, eating, and snoozing all at the same time! They are incredible climbers and can navigate the dense rainforest canopy with ease. Their long, curved claws and powerful arms allow them to hang upside down for hours without any effort, and they can even rotate their heads 270 degrees to see where they're going. When they’re not napping, they are also excellent swimmers and will take a dip in rivers and streams to cool off. In fact, sloths are so comfortable in the water that they can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes!

Swing by the Vancouver Aquarium’s Graham Amazon Gallery to view the gentle Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloth in all its sleepy glory. Not to get all philo-sloth-ical, but it will hopefully serve as a reminder to slow down more and appreciate the little things in life.

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Graham Amazon Gallery

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