Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloth

Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloth

Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloth Range Map (C & S America)
Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloth Range Map
(C & S America)

Latin Name Choloepus hoffmanni
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Central & South America
Colour Dark Brown to Pale Yellow
Length 61 - 64 cm (24 - 25 inches)
Tail -
Weight 3.6 - 9 Kgs (8 - 20 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloths have a body length between 61 and 64 cms (24 - 25 inches) and they weigh between 3.6 and 9 kgs (8 - 20 lbs).

They have long, coarse fur that is dark brown to pale yellow in colour and they have two long, hook-clawed toes on each of their front feet and three on each of their hind feet.

They move extremely slowly and spend a large portion of their time hanging upside down. They only descend from the tree canopy to move to a different tree or to defecate. Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloths are good swimmers but do not move well on the ground.


Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloths are found in the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. They are arboreal, nocturnal and males tend to be solitary but females may live in small groups.


Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloths feed on variety of leaves, flowers and fruit.


After a gestation period of 11.5 months, Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloths give birth to a single youngster. At birth they weigh approximately 400 g (14 oz) and they are weaned at 9 months old. They stay close to their mother for a further 2 years and reach sexual maturity at 3 - 5 years of age.


Predators of Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloths include jaguars, birds of prey and large snakes .


Subspecies of Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloth include:

Choloepus hoffmanni capitalis
Choloepus hoffmanni florenciae
Choloepus hoffmanni juruanus
Choloepus hoffmanni pallescens
Choloepus hoffmanni hoffmanni

Interesting Facts

Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloths are named after the German naturalist Karl Hoffmann.

Similar Animals

Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloth
Maned Three-Toed Sloth
Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth
Pale-Throated Sloth
Brown-Throated Sloth


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