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Transcript of Sloth Biome
•They are camouflaged by a special type of algae that grows in their fur.
•Leaves, their main food source, provide very little energy or nutrition and do not digest easily.
•Sloths therefore have large, specialized, slow-acting stomachs with multiple compartments in which symbiotic bacteria break down the tough leaves.
• As much as two-thirds of a well-fed sloth's body-weight consists of the contents of its stomach, and the digestive process can take a month or more to complete.
•The outer hairs grow in a direction opposite from that of other mammals. In most mammals hairs grow toward the extremities, but because sloths spend so much time with their legs above their bodies, their hairs grow away from the extremities in order to provide protection from the elements while the sloth hangs upside down. Unique Adaptations Sloths are the primary consumer, since they only eat leaves, fruits, and water from plants, they cause no harm to other animals. Sloths are important to an ecosystem! They contribute to the ecosystem in several significant ways just through their fur. For instance, one study found more than 950 beetles living on a single sloth! The beetles were found living off the algae that grows in a sloth’s fur. Because sloths spend a lot of their time on their back, the hair on their bodies grow from the stomach to the back which causes water to runoff the back of a sloth. The slow movement and the moistness of their fur stimulates the growth of algae on their fur. Role in the ecosystem Distribution What are Sloths? •Their scientific name, Folivora, translates to "leaf eater" •Other names given to them like Ritto, Rit and Ridette, are forms of the word "sleep", "eat" and "dirty" •Sloths move only when necessary and even then very slowly •Sloths pee once a week •Sloths sleep 15-20 hours a day •Algae grows on their fur coat •The three-toed sloth emits a long, high-pitched call that echoes through the forests as "ahh-eeee." Because of this cry these sloths are sometimes called ais (pronounced "eyes") •Sometimes sloths mistaken their own arm for a tree branch and are too slow to react otherwise, therfore they fall to their death. •Sloths mate and give birth while hanging in the trees. •Videos of baby sloths can cure diseases I still have no idea what this is and i apologize for that, however what i do know is that i can guarantee if you search up a video of a baby sloth RIGHT NOW, your day will increase in loveliness by 70% (you're welcome) LOOK AT THIS CUTIE I don't think he's a baby buT STILL