Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloth

Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloth

Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloth

Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloth Range Map (South America)
Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloth Range Map
(South America)
Latin Name Choloepus didactylus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location South America
Colour Brown
Length 46 - 86 cm (18 - 34 inches)
Tail 1.5 - 3.5 cm (0.5 - 1.5 inches)
Weight 4 - 8.5 Kgs (8.75 - 19 lbs)
Life Expectancy

20 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloths have a body length between 46 and 86 cms (18 - 34 inches), a tail length between 1.5 and 3.5 cms (0.5 - 1.5 inches) and they weigh between 4 and 8.5 kgs (8.75 - 19 lbs).

They have long, coarse fur that is brown 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. Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloths are good swimmers but do not move well on the ground.


Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloths are found in the tropical rainforests of northern South America. They are arboreal, solitary and they have a range of approximately 10 acres.


Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloths feed on variety of leaves and fruit.


After a gestation period of 6 months, Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloths give birth to a single youngster. At birth they weigh approximately 340 g (12 oz) and they are around 25 cms (10 inches) in length. They reach sexual maturity at 3 - 5 years of age.


Predators of Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloths include humans, birds of prey and ocelots.


There are no subspecies of Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloth.

Interesting Facts

Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloths are also known as:
Southern Two-Toed Sloth
Lime's Two-Toed Sloth

Similar Animals

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


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