International Sloth Day is nothing to sleep on

Sloths can sleep up to 20 hours a day, but can still be fun to watch

Courtesy photo. (Wild Florida)

Oct. 20 is International Sloth Day, which probably brings into mind a couple of questions.

First and foremost, what exactly is a sloth?

A sloth is a mammal that resembles a monkey resides largely in forests around Central and South America. Sloths are tree dwellers that sleep up to 20 hours a day and barely move at all.

According to National Geographic, sloths move so infrequently that algae grows on their fur, and they only go to the bathroom once a week!

Here are some other facts about sloths:

  • They have an average life of 20 to 30 years.
  • Sloths can hold their breath roughly 40 minutes underwater.
  • It takes sloths up to one month to digest a meal.
  • Sloths have finger bones that are up to four inches long.
  • Sloths can rotate their heads 270 degrees in either direction.

Another question is, why is there an International Sloth Day?

It’s a day held to observe these animals and celebrate their uniqueness.

One such place that is offering a chance to view sloths and their lifestyle is Wild Florida, which is hosting Sloth Days from Oct. 20 through Oct. 23.

There will be an assortment of family-friendly activities and chances to get up close with sloths.

Visit this website to learn more what activities are happening and how you can celebrate International Sloth Day.

Courtesy photo (Wild Florida)