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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 06, 2021

Maned Sloth: 21 Facts You Won't Believe!

Maned three-toed sloth facts is a vulnerable species that belongs to the Pilosa order.

Do you know the lazy, sluggish couch potatoes who live their life on the forest trees by hanging upside down and enjoying every day just like a Sunday? Let us explore such lazy, slothful animals.

Choloepus and Bradypus are the two types of sloths. Bradypus is a three-toed sloth, while Choloepus is a two-toed sloth. Brazil is famous for its Amazon rainforest, and maned three-toed sloths are essential species of the Brazilian Atlantic forest ecology. The maned three-toed sloth earned its name because of the mane of black hair down its neck towards its shoulders. The outer coat of the fur is home to many algae, mites, ticks, beetles, and moths, which in turn helps to save from predators like rainforest cats and harpy eagles by blending in between the green leaves.

Go through the detailed content to know more about maned three-toed sloth facts. To research some more similar species, go ahead and read some interesting facts on takins and spiral-horned antelopes on Kidadl!

Maned Sloth Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a maned sloth?

The maned sloth Bradypus torquatus is among the three-toed sloths that belong to the Bradypodidae family in the genus Bradypus, and order Pilosa is restricted only to the tropical forests of Brazil and depends on a wide range of leaves. The maned three-toed sloth has only three sharp white-colored claws.

What class of animal does a maned sloth belong to?

The maned three-toed sloth is a solitary animal that belongs to the Mammalia class and has the scientific name Bradypus torquatus. These species spend most of the daytime sleeping. These three-toed maned sloths are bigger in size and more aggressive than other three-toed sloths—there are no subspecies of this species, maned sloths.

How many maned sloths are there in the world?

The exact population of the maned three-toed sloth in Brazil is unknown. But in Espirito Santo, Brazil, the population of maned sloths ranges from 100-200 individuals. These sloths travel a home range of 0.5-6 ha (1.2-14.8 ac) with population densities of 0.1-1.25 per ha (0.040-0.506 ac).

Where does a maned sloth live?

The maned three-toed sloth species is a threatened species that is restricted to only the Atlantic tropical coastal rainforest of Brazil in the states of Bahia, Espirito Santo, and Rio de Janeiro. Earlier in 1955, this species was found in some parts of Eastern Brazil, in the Bahia coastal forest regions. But because of timber extraction, clearance for plantations and cattle pastures, and excessive hunting, sloth species' forest habitats are drastically reducing.

What is a maned sloth's habitat?

As these animals vastly prey on the different leaves, their habitats generally include forest habitats like evergreen forests and semi-deciduous forests. It can survive in a hot and humid region with high branches. They prefer a habitat with an annual rainfall of at least 47 in (120 cm).

Who does maned sloth live with?

The maned three-toed sloth is a diurnal species that is incredibly slow. These are solitary species that spend most of the time feeding and resting.

How long does a maned sloth live?

In the wild, the lifespan of this maned three-toed sloth, Bradypus torquatus, is estimated to be 12 years. However, in captivity, their lifespan may differ.

How do they reproduce?

Sloths adapt the polygynous reproduction system. During the mating system, the males compete to mate with a female, where females choose the largest and strongest male. The copulation in maned three-toed sloths occurs in a tight embrace high in the dense forest. The breeding is between September and November. Maned three-toed sloths give birth to young ones during the first half of the year and rear the young through lactation. The gestation period is approximately six months, where the female produces a single young cub. The maned three-toed sloths become mature within one to three years of birth.

What is their conservation status?

The maned three-toed sloth is a vulnerable species as per the IUCN conservation red list and can become Endangered if not taken care of. Their conservation status is highly affected by deforestation, clearance for trees, plantations and cattle pastures, etc.

Maned Sloth Fun Facts

What does a maned sloth look like?

A maned sloth's head resembles the husk of a coconut.

The maned three-toed sloth is a vulnerable species in the genus Bradypus that has fur all over the body with a greenish tint. The fur grows from the hind legs to the head, and their unique pattern of fur helps in adapting his upside-down style. Only the males possess black mane around the dorsal region of the neck. These are the immense sloths with grey-brown fur. The claws give grip, with long limbs with a size range from 3.93-4.52 in (10- 11.5 cm) in length, a short and stubby tail, with sparse facial whiskers.

How cute are they?

The perception of cuteness varies from person to person. These moths are not cute and cuddly species. They spend most of their time hanging upside down on the tree branches. They are very sluggish or lethargic. This slowcoach-maned sloth may fail to impress you and may not give positive vibes when crawling on the ground with their front legs and claws, as they cannot stand or walk on the ground surface.

How do they communicate?

Maned three-toed sloths produce long high pitched 'eee' calls. Though they do not call regularly, they produce calls when captured or when under duress. The maned three-toed sloths have poor vision. Infants make bleating sounds when separated from the parent sloth and emit high-pitched squeaking sounds when under stress.

How big is a maned sloth?

The head-body length of adult males is 22-28 in (55-72 cm) and body weight of 8.8-16.5 lb (4.0-7.5 kg). The female species range in length 22-30 in (55-75 cm) with a bodyweight of 9.9-22.3 lb (4.5-10.1 kg). Females are slightly bigger than males. Its weight is relatively more than the weight of a Brown-throated sloth that weighs five to 13.9 lb (2.25-6.3 kg).

How fast can a maned sloth move?

These sluggish three-toed maned sloths are very slow animals that barely walk on the surface of the ground. They take almost a minute to climb six to eight ft (182.8-243.8 cm) in height. They may be slow climbers but are fast swimmers.

How much does a maned sloth weigh?

Male maned three-toed sloths weigh around 8.8-16.5 lb (4.0-7.5 kg), whereas females weigh 9.9-22.3 lb (4.5-10.1 kg).

What are the male and female names of the species?

The names of male and female species are called male maned three-toed sloth and female maned three-toed sloth, respectively. Dark Mane size reflects the healthy male species, which in fact helps the female identify the opposite sex.

What would you call a baby maned sloth?

A baby-maned sloth is called a cub. The single young cub approximately weighs around 11 oz (300 g ) after birth. The babies lack the distinctive mane that is found in adults. Within two weeks after birth, the younger maned three-toed sloth takes solid food and leaves the mother sloth between nine to 11 months of age.

What do they eat?

The maned three-toed sloths are folivores that depend primarily on secondary growth forest trees and liana leaves such as Cecropia. The maned sloth diet includes 99% leaves and 1% soft twigs and buds and has a highly selective diet. The maned three-toed sloth's diet consists of leaves of Micropholis venulosa, Mandevilla, and Ficus trees. These species have complex stomach structures, so they prefer young leaves to mature leaves for easy digestion. The exciting part is it even eats the food in a unique upside-down gesture. The demand for food and energy is higher in the dry season than in the wet season. Due to this, they spend more time feeding in the dry season. These species rarely come down from the trees to the ground as they cannot stand and walk on the ground. They reach the ground one time per week only to poo. These sloths fall prey to eagles, jaguars, and snakes.

Are they poisonous?

No, the maned three-toed sloth, Bradypus torquatus, is not a poisonous species. But one should be aware of maned three-toed sloth claws, and they have a unique type of algae and fungi growing in their fur so that they may be a threat to your health.

Would they make a good pet?

These wild animals are diurnal species that spend their maximum time in the forest canopy. These solitary animals are not domesticated as they do not like to be around humans. And because of their sensitive stomach and demand for warm and humid habitats with high branches, these sloths are not to be petted.

Did you know...

These three-toed maned sloths can rotate their head beyond 90 degrees because of two extra neck vertebrae. A maned three-toed sloth is also known as a Brazilian three-toed sloth.

Maned sloths have less body mass when compared to the other animals of the mammal class. This feature helps to hang from the thin branches of the trees.

Five interesting facts about sloths:

It can take 30 days for a sloth to digest a leaf.

Sloths are three times stronger than human beings.

While pooping, you can see their stomachs physically shrink.

They lack cone cells entirely, so they are blind in bright daylight.

They can fall from 100 ft (30.4 m) height without injury.

Can sloths kill humans?

Until now, there are no such incidents registered about sloths killing humans. But touching a sloth is not advised as they may get stressed because of being handled, perfumes that humans use, and loud noises.

What are some fun facts about sloths?

As they have terrific constipation problems, by pooping, they lose one-third of body weight. With a sluggish digestive system, they reach the ground levels to poop and become food for active predators. The funny and tragic part is they perform poo dance to unload all their waste by digging a small hole to go in.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals from our Sri Lankan elephant facts and Aurochs facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our free printable Maned sloth coloring pages.

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