Sloth

Sloth

About Sloth

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 armadillos and anteaters, which sport a similar set of specialized claws. 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'. The sloth's taxonomic suborder is Folivora, while some call it Phyllophaga. Both names mean ''leaf-eaters''; derived from Latin and Greek respectively. Names for the animals used by tribes in Ecuador include Ritto, Rit and Ridette, mostly forms of the word ''sleep'', ''eat'' and ''dirty'' from Tagaeri tribe of Huaorani. Sloths are classified as folivores..

Contributions by UtherSRG, 217.227.162.3, and 82.110.219.14.