Sloth

The Sloth is a nocturnal mammal that hangs upside-down in trees its entire life, even to mate and give birth. They sleep up to 15 hours per day, gripping to trees with long gangly limbs equipped with prominent, claw-like toes. There are two-toed and three-toed sloths, identified by the number on each front foot.

Sloths are sedentary, so much so that algae grows on their thick furry coat, camouflaging it in its environment. When they do move, it’s slow and measured. Sloths have tiny ears, forward-facing eyes and a round snout that give it a primate-like appearance. They eat plants and yield a horrible, high pitch scream that grates like nails on a chalkboard.


  • Agility: 7/10

  • Charisma: 3/10

  • Intelligence: 9/10

  • Speed: 2/10

  • Stamina: 7/10

  • Strength: 4/10

  • Wisdom: 10/10

  • TOTAL: 42/70
Strengths
Adept swimmers, the Sloth’s only defenses are its claw-like digits. Luckily, their algae camouflages them in their environment. Due to a strong digestive system and low metabolic rate, they need to eat very little. Extra neck vertebrae lets them to turn their heads nearly 270 degrees.

Weaknesses
Sloths are extremely slow moving, lazy and their gangly legs make them clumsy on land. Plus, they have tiny ears.

Best Animals to Adapt With
The sloth is intelligent and wise but lacks speed and charisma. They are a perfect match with the speedy Jaguar and charming Toucan.

Enemies
Orangutan, Pink Dolphin, Harpy Eagle, Man.

Increasing Their Survival Rate
Although widely hunted by people, they are hard to detect and not in as much danger as some of the other endangered animals on this list. The rarest sloth variety is the Maned Three-Toed Sloth that inhabits the rainforests of Brazil. To find out how to help protect their habitat visit regua.co.uk.

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Folklore
According to legend, a sloth-like creature with red fur, known as the Mapinguari (“the roaring animal” or “the fetid beast”) lived in the Amazon rainforest. It was believed to be ferocious and very dangerous, as it could move stealthily through thick vegetation. It gave off a horrible stench, bloodcurdling shrieks, and had thick, alligator-like skin that was impervious to arrows and bullets. In 1937, it was reported that the Mapinguari went on a three week carnivorous rampage, slaughtering more than 100 cows.

Sloths are sometimes hunted to make shrunken heads for mystical and ceremonial purposes.