Sloths Are A Walking Ecosystem!
Sloths are not only cute and adorable, but they have an ecosystem living in their fur! Moths and dung eating insects live on the sloth, and they create algae on its body. The algae serves as a camouflage from predators, and also as a tasty snack! Trace hangs out and discusses how you might not want to hold a sloth anymore, and shares some other sloth facts.
Sloths' Dirty Bum Fur Grows Nutritious Algae
"The soiled fur of sloths attracts moths, which then die and rot and contribute to the growth of tasty algae gardens."
The sloth and the moth: A mutually beneficial relationship
"In research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B scientists have uncovered a mutually beneficial relationship between sloths, moths and algae which enables sloths to maintain their leaf-eating lifestyle."
A syndrome of mutualism reinforces the lifestyle of a sloth
"Arboreal herbivory is rare among mammals."
Shasta Ground Sloth
"Giant ground sloths have to be among the strangest mammals that ever walked on Earth."
Why Sloths Leave the Trees to Poop
"Sloths are the quintessential couch potatoes of the rainforest, and these sluggish tree-dwellers also serve as a hotel for moths and algae."
Fun Facts About Sloths
"Known for being a sedentary tree-dwelling mammal, the sloth rarely moves at all spending much of its day hanging upside-down from tree limps."
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