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Curious kids: why do sloths go slow?

By Shelby A. Ryan, PhD Candidate | School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle
Ryan R. Witt, Postdoctoral Researcher and Honorary Lecturer | School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle
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Why do sloths go slow? Nina, Sydney, aged 5



You’re right, sloths do move very slowly!

Sloths live in tropical forests in South and Central America, and they actually move so slowly that algae grows on their fur. This can give sloths a green colour that helps them hide in the forest from predators like nocturnal…


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