Color and cut out your sloth and take her with you on your summer adventures!
Introducing Skye the Sloth
Skye, our 2020 MagNut mascot is a pygmy three-toed sloth, and she is full of adventure—just like our Girl Scouts! You can learn more about her species below (she can stick out her tongue HOW far?!) and create your very own Skye!
There are two different types of sloths, two-toed and three-toed. Of the three-toed sloths,
there are four living species:
- Brown-throated sloth
- Maned sloth
- Pale-throated sloth
- Pygmy three-toed sloth
The pygmy three-toed sloth sloths are considered critically endangered due to habitat destruction. Humans have cut down the red mangrove trees that they live in, making it hard for these sloths to survive. There are less than 100 pygmy three-toed sloths left in the world, and they can only be found on the Isla Escudo de Veraguas, off the coast of mainland Panama.
The pygmy three-toed sloth is the smallest of the three-toed sloths and was only recognized as a distinct species in 2001. The average Pygmy three-toed sloth is 20 inches long and can weigh between 5.5lbs–8lbs. They can extend their tongues 10-12 inches out of their mouths.
The sloths move incredibly slowly and mainly live in red mangrove trees. They can stay up in the trees for as long as seven days and primarily feed on the leaves on the red mangrove trees. Sloths are great swimmers and can hold their breath underwater for up to 40 minutes.
The sloths outsmart their predators by relying on camouflage provided by the algae that grows on their fur. This allows them to blend in with the mangrove trees, making it hard to spot them.