- The pygmy three-toed sloth only eats mangrove leaves, which are low in nutrients and don't provide much energy. As a result, the sloth moves around very slowly.
- Most sloths spend the majority of their time in trees, staying out of sight of animals that might attack them.
- Because the pygmy three-toed sloth has no predators on the island where it lives, it can safely swim from one mangrove patch to another in search of food.
Spark a discussion
- Why do pygmy three-toed sloths move so slowly?
- Do you think the pygmy three-toed sloth would behave differently if there were predators on the island where it lives? If yes, how?
- What do you think would happen to you if you only ate one type of food? Why?
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