Sloths in Costa Rica
In addition to its dazzling beaches and lush rainforests, Costa Rica is famous for its adorable sloths! You simply cannot plan a vacation to Costa Rica without making time to see these unique and slow-moving creatures. Lucky for you, they are not hard to find! You can visit sloths at the Sloth Sanctuary and Rescue Center or the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo. Or maybe you’ll see them in the wild at the Manuel Antonio National Park.
Sloths are mammals that spend most of their lives upside down in the trees of Central and South American rainforests. They are famous for moving slowly, which gives them a low metabolic rate. What does that mean? That means that they do not need to eat very much food. Whenever they need to eat they must come to the rainforest floor where they are vulnerable to predators.
Sloths are messy
They may be cute, but sloths are not the type of animal that you want in your bed. The sloth’s fur works as a self-contained ecological community; algae and mold live in their fur. This not only helps them blend with their environment but provides them with food. They eat the algae that grows in their fur.
Sloths have flexible necks
Like Owls, Sloths can turn their head 270 degrees in either direction, allowing them to see almost everything around them.
Sloths can live up to 30 years
And 90% of their time is spent upside down. Imagine that!
Sloths only go to the bathroom once a week
Have you ever risked your life to go to a bathroom? Sloths do it every week. Once a week, when nature calls, they climb to ground to urinate and defecate, making them vulnerable to predators.
Sloths have predators
Being part of the Costa Rica animals, Sloths do have predators. Jaguars and large birds are known to eat sloths.
Sloths sleep a lot
There are two types of sloths, the two-toed sloths, which are completely nocturnal, and the three-toad sloths, which are diurnal and nocturnal. Captive Sloths are known to sleep between 15 to 20 hours per day. Wild sloths sleep close to the 10 hours per day, almost like a human being.
Sloths can swim
On the ground the maximum speed of a sloth is 3 meters (9.8 ft) per minute. But when they swim, their speed is almost four times faster. They can reach 13.5 meters (44 ft) per minute. The use of their long arms helps them a lot.
Sloths live the rainforest
Sloths are the most common animal in the rainforest. Even though it may be hard for the untrained eye to spot them, they are one of the best-adapted creatures in the jungle. They spend most of their time in trees, which helps them with predators, and they eat really little amounts because of their small metabolism.