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How To Take Care Of The Exotic Pet: Sloth

Updated on December 4, 2007
 Took my little baby to the beach. She's taking a nap. I moved just a little bit and then she woke up whining. lol Thank goodness it was deserted at the beach it sounded like I was killing her. lol my friend took the picture. Isn't she cute!
Took my little baby to the beach. She's taking a nap. I moved just a little bit and then she woke up whining. lol Thank goodness it was deserted at the beach it sounded like I was killing her. lol my friend took the picture. Isn't she cute!

Some Facts About Sloths

Sloths are from South America. Sloths make up the family Bradypodidae. They are known for their way of moving about , upside down. They are able to do so because of their hooklike claws. In fact they are so secure that they are able to sleep in this position. But,once the muscles have becomed tensed, they can not relax until the animal wakens and relaxes them deliberately. Sometimes this happens because they sense danger. And it causes them to awaken. Their predators are people, harpie eagles,fossas, jaguars,leopards,eagles,hawks(big ones). Many more are out there that I am not naming. These queer animals odd in appearance,except when they are babies they are the cutest things in the world.

Getting A Little Habitat For Your Pet Sloth

You need a cage for your pet sloth or a cardboard box. As they get older you might want a cage for them. Or you can set a nice little free area for them. Get a fake medium size tree or get some bars (pull-up bars are the best because they are made for holding weight.They are well behaved, so you don't have to worry about them making a mess of everything. Get a small hammock and put it somewhere quiet in your house but make sure you're there most of the time. Otherwise they will start to whine. If you are going to be doing the laundry ect. ect. then just pick them up and hug them , they'll get the idea to cling on to you. Or if yours doesn't like the sound of that then just get a blanket and fold it like a hammock and tie it behind your neck. Then fix it into a pouch sort of and then put your sloth in there and let them do whatever. They love attention.

Playing With Your Sloth

Sloths love to play tickle, and peek-a-boo. Some of them might like different games, but these are the most popular. As strange as it sounds they love to give kisses. When you play tickle do not tickle them in these areas these areas are very sensitive: under arms, iner thigh , and there palms. They'll get a little sulky. But, if you give them a hug they'll come out of it. They love to play peek-a-boo under a blanket. They can play this game for

Grooming Your Sloth

Your sloth will do most of the grooming but this will drive them crazy itching and itching. So to help them just get a big comb and go through it. Get the comb wet or you can give them a bath every 2 days. Make sure you dry them good though. They can get sick. They love it when you get ablow dryer, they'll start to fall asleep, so hold them when you do this that way they don't fall over.

Sloths Diet

When you have a pet sloth this can get pretty tricky. They like to eat bugs and leaves. They always have a snack around. Parasites are in there fur, that's why they itch. Anyway when they get some parasites on their claws they eat them. They can live off any kind of leaves so this isn't a problem. Take them out in your yard and let them scourage around for bugs or leaves. Get a baby bottle and put some water in it they'll suck on it and have their fill.

My Baby Sloth

My sister gave me a baby sloth. It's a her. She is a three toed sloth and has great personality. I felt so bad for her because she was sent from Brazil to Florida. When she arrived she was wide awake, a minute later she was out like a light. 3 hours later she finally woke up. After awhile I figured out that she wanted to play peek-a-boo. It was so hilarious. I think everyone should have one they are the best pets. I got very lucky with mine usually it takes a year to get them.

If you have any questions let me know. I'll try to get back to you later.

Ta Ta for now!


Krista 07

 My sister sent me this photo of her sloths. She sent me the one closest to us. This is her when they were 1 week old. I feel bad for my baby sloth. She was sent from Brazil and then all the over to florida. The poor thing. She seems a lot happier no
My sister sent me this photo of her sloths. She sent me the one closest to us. This is her when they were 1 week old. I feel bad for my baby sloth. She was sent from Brazil and then all the over to florida. The poor thing. She seems a lot happier no


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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      I can't believe people actually own sloths for pets :)

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      Fantastic hub Glaasvisage is partly correct I do not want to own onw

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      Krista 07 9 years ago from Europe

       I saw a  tv show on sloths as pets one time.  They have a ton of videos on you tube. Glad you enjoyed it! : )

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      Krista 07 9 years ago from Europe

      Thank you soo much!!!  Are gonna  try to get one???or ...?? I thought that they were sleepy, lazy things to, until I got Gracelyn. Gosh, she is the most energetic one of all my animals. except the anteaters they really tire her out. 

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      Krista 07 9 years ago from Europe

      LOL That's funny, lol ha ha. I thought Gracelyn was a nice name for a sloth because they are GRACEful. Okay, thanks my sister joined in case you didn't know. She is Jackilyn the one who likes wolves you guys should chat, I think you got a lot in common with her.

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      teeray 9 years ago from Canada

      Hey - my cat hangs on to me like that sloth in the picture hmmm. Maybe I don't have a cat after all!

      This is an interesting hub, Krista. Thanks for writing.

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      Krista 07 9 years ago from Europe

      maybe! ; ]

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      sard 9 years ago

      are sloths low maintenance?

      i already own a dog, would they mix well?

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      Krista 07 9 years ago from Europe

      yes, is your dog a puppy or full grown?

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      That's the CUTEST thing I've seen all day!

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      Ikkaii 9 years ago

      How do you go about getting a sloth? Please email me about it !!!

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      Valerie 9 years ago

      Thanks for your information on baby sloths. If you have any further advice, I would like to hear it. I am fostering a baby two-toed sloth right now that was found by my neighbor--I live in Costa Rica. What did you feed it when it was a baby? I'm using goat's milk and Gerbers Mango and Banana baby food.

      Any info would be great, thanks.

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      Inez 9 years ago


      I also need info on how to take care of a Baby two-toed sloth, maybe two months old? She fell from a small tree, the mother didn't want her back for some reason... I need to know how to feed her until I can place it back in the forest where we have a small population.

      Thanks in advance!

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      courtney!! 9 years ago

      i've been considering having a sloth as a pet for some time now and i was wondering how i could get a hold of someone who could help me!

      that would be amazing!!

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      Kursty 9 years ago

      This is by far the most adorable thing I've ever seen, for the past year or so I've been strongly considering on getting a baby sloth as a pet, I've done all the research, but I have absolutely no idea how to go about getting one. If anyone can help me out, send me an email.

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      andyrooo 9 years ago

      are any permits necessary to own it in the u.s.?????

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      Jason 9 years ago

      If you can, please let me know how to get a baby Sloth as well.

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      Margaret 9 years ago

      I LOVE sloths! I would love to own one someday...please please email me info about how to get one and about the U.S. permit question above. I know there are ornaizations where people care for orphaned sloths...I didn't realize that having one as a pet was possible and this may aid the care of these wonderful animals

      my email:

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      fatima and mikaela 9 years ago

      how do you get a sloth????? do u need a licence!!!

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      jb 9 years ago

      i've been wanting a sloth for quite a while now. where can i get one? can i keep one in california? my email is thanks for any extra info!

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      marcus 8 years ago

      if anyone can tell me if i can own a sloth (i live in kentucky)...where to get one, or how to contact someone, abnd how much they are, i would really really appreciate it. I love SLOTHS! my email is

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      Ashley 8 years ago

      I have always wanted a sloth please send me info on how to own one!!!! Also please send me info i need info. on any kind of permit that i may need in the U.S. My email is thanks a bunch!!!

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      Jessica 8 years ago

      Hi I want a sloth as a pet, but I'm from Australia. Am I able to have one here, I would obviously need a licence but would it be covered in Australia too? What's the process of getting the licence and sloth?

      my email's:

      If you could get back to me asap that would be great :)

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      ali fakhari 8 years ago

      do sloth go to the bathroom every were and what type should get.

      if you could please tell me thanks! :)

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      ryan 8 years ago

      I'v wanted a sloth for a while. How do I get one.

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      Daniel 8 years ago

      Hi i loved the info on your new family member please send me some info as i to would love to have one my email is thank you

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      Jessica 8 years ago

      I would also love any information on how to get a sloth for a pet. I live in Texas.

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      Jennifer 8 years ago

      I would love any advice about where you can get sloths from. Any information would be appreciated.

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      emily morris 8 years ago

      I was thinking today that a sloth would be a great pet for me so Ive been looking around on the internet but i have no idea where i would get one at

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      tyler 8 years ago

      I'm very interested in a pet sloth. How can I get one?

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      Andrea L. 8 years ago

      I was so excited when I saw this!

      Sloths have been my favorite animals ever since I was a little kid. After I graduate college and have my own place I've always wanted to raise a sloth as a pet. So I basically have the same questions as everyone else,

      How do you go about getting a sloth?

      And, are there any permits you must have to own one?

      Thanks a lot!

      E-mail me at

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      robert 8 years ago

      Hi Krista! I have just received my own Sloth yesterday! I have a ton of question though. Please e-mail me at

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      Fatima 8 years ago

      do you need a licence to have a sloth and where can i get one? There so cute...

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      BrandonS 8 years ago

      I have been looking for a pet sloth for years... years of research have taught me how to take care of one but I still haven't been able to find one if you know where to get a pet sloth please please please please e-mail me @

      Brandon in Ontario Canada

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      eva 8 years ago

      I want a sloth realy badly. i alredy have a dog though would they mix

      wher can u buy a sloth

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      Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

      I was surprised to see this listed under "diet" in the topics list-- and relieved to see that it was not a recipe.

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      Deidre 8 years ago

      I didn't know you could actually OWN a sloth. i thought it would be illegal considering they're endangered. but i want one SOO bad, they've always been my favorite animal. like, im obsessed. How do you get one?

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      Burton 8 years ago

      Thanks so much for this information about sloths! They've always been my favorite animal and i'd give almost anything to adopt one and take care of it like my own child. Please e-mail me any info you may have on possibly obtaining one at Thank you in advance!

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      joanna 8 years ago

      I'd like to have a sloth as a pet some day.! They seem to be so cool. I kinda dream about pet that would be so lazyyyy lazy lazy and lazy buhahahaha that I cod hug him all days xDD but I live in Europe,in Poland and i'm not very sure it is permitted here. but I'm curious how did you get your lovely sloth? xD and I wish I could find out more about life expectancy in sloths.

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      Jeanine 8 years ago

      I'm fairly certain this article is fake... That photo is one that has circulated the internet for years now. Also 3 toed sloths are an endangered species.

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      Phil 8 years ago

      Where the hell do you find a sloth to buy for a pet in the US?

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      Diva 8 years ago

      I live in Austin TX and there is an exotic pet store that has a HUGE sloth for sale. I want to say it is very pricey if I remember correctly. You need to come and see it in person, and SMELL it in person (they stink) before you uproot an animal like this. They get very atteched to their owner .... so before you buy, you need to make sure you can care for it for 20 to 30 years.

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      Ryan 8 years ago

      where do u purchase one?

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      Lily 8 years ago

      Hi! I would love to buy a baby sloth, do you know how much they would cost or where you can buy them?

      E-mail me @

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      Alina 8 years ago

      Well, I write the same thing as many other people here... : Where can I get a sloth? They're just so adorable.Please e-mail me: Mynameiswilly_@hotmail.comI would appreciate that.

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      Pat 8 years ago

      Man ive been looking ALL night on where to find a sloth for sale and it seems like you have to come across one or else your out of luck im not sure how to get one and ive skimmed the blog so if you can drop the line, if they're is any, on how to actually go about getting one of these awsome animals it would be greatly appriciated!

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      Kazuto 8 years ago

      Hi Krista, I am also interested in possibly owning a sloth. I'm wondering whether you need to have a permit or a license to own your sloth. If you could email me that would be great! Thanks

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      Natalie 8 years ago

      hi !!! i really want to know how you were able to get a sloth.... i have a great space for him, n a lot of time... would you be able to tell me how you got him...

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      Karis Rosell 8 years ago

      I'd like to know how to get one as well!

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      Stephanie M.P. 7 years ago

      Could you tell me how to get a sloth?? (this seems to be a popular question)

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      shelley 7 years ago

      my email is please contact me in getting a sloth. I've checked several sites for exotics but not sure I trust them. I have been researching them and would love to have one!!

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      William  7 years ago

      My gf and I have been talking about and researching about owning a sloth. We really want to get one and would like to know how about doing so. If anyone could help us it would be greatly appreciated. Please email me at

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      Lilith 7 years ago

      Dear, I hope you know that in that photo on the bottom, that's a TWO toed sloth, not a three toed, besides the fact that three toed ARE endangered.

      You should do a little research before you lie :3

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      Kristin 7 years ago

      I'm very interested in getting one. I wanted one since I was a child!! I'll be moving to Germany for a year or so to help my fiancé with some health issues but I when I come back I really want one. Is there anyway to email me?

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      Destoni 7 years ago

      We have 2 full grown dogs 1 puppy 2 grown cats n 1 cat that isn't full grown but isn't a kitten, we have a hamster and a bunny... would it be smart to get a sloth or would they fight with all my other animals? & do you have any suggestions on where to purchase a sloth?

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      Laura 7 years ago

      Oh, that's pretty heartbreaking ='[

      Brazil to Florida? That's why animal go extinct, because of being took from the wild to be pets =[

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      Jess 7 years ago

      I work at a zoo that has sloths and I'm fairly certain this article is a fake.

      Sloths don't make very good pets. They are supposed to sleep up to 20 hours a day (so if your sloth is as active as you say, something is wrong with it!). They need a varied diet consisting of fruits, vegetables and dark leafy greens. They are herbivores and don't eat bugs. They only go to the bathroom about once a week which is great, but it is a very large, very smelly poop when they do. They can live into their thirties so be prepared to own them a long time! They have four very sharp front canines which can inflict a very nasty bite. They have the title "slowest animal" for a reason, be prepared to own a very boring pet.

      By the way, side note: Three Toed sloths very rarely survive in captivity. They eat the leaves and fruit from only one species of tree. Only one zoo in the US owns one.

      Both of your pictures appear to be two toed sloths.

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      DawnMarie 7 years ago

      Can you please tell me if you know of anyone selling a sloth. I would love to purchase one. I love animals. Thanks so much. My email address is: I appreciate any help you can give me.

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      Carlos 7 years ago

      My friend in Brazil had a pet sloth, but then his neighbors ate it.

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      Sylvie 7 years ago

      I agree with Jess; sloths do not make good pets. I live in Panama and volunteer at a wildlife rescue center. If this article is real, I bet you the sloth is dead by now.

      Sloths do not play, and they are pure vegetarians - they can not digest anything but leaves (and fruits; depending on the sloth).

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      ashleymarie 7 years ago

      i have a few questions if you could email me that would be great :D

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      Dan- Surfboards Sale 7 years ago

      Can you please inform us a proper sloth adoption site or service contact? Thanks!!

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      adam ira bailey 7 years ago

      sloths look funny,but cute.

      o o


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      Keeley 7 years ago

      what states in the U.S. are they legal in?

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      animal_princess 7 years ago

      How do you deal with your sloths' parasites? Don't you get itchy as well?

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      Cindy 7 years ago

      This article is totally fake. 3 toed Sloths are illegal in the US, they have highly specialized diets, they become ill & die very easily if not fed the proper diet. Even zoos have a hard time keeping them alive. The 2 Toed sloth is larger & has a much less specialized diet & easier to keep in captivity. I personally have 4 2 Toed Sloth pets, 3 adults & 1 infant of my male & female. Sloths are expensive to buy $2,500.00 to $3,500.00 for an adult & $4,000 to $6,000.00 for a baby 6-8 months old. Any one caught importing or selling 3 toed sloths will go to jail. Those of you wanting one as a pet do a lot of research, just google 2 toed sloth. Note: I am appalled that this hub is so irresponsible as to let an obvious child post such a felonious story

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      Margaret 7 years ago

      Sloths do not make good pets and unless you work in a zoo, you should not own one. They have very specialized diets and need specialized care. Just b/c an animal is cute does not mean it's appropriate to have as a domestic pet.

      purchasing these animals doesn't help the animal or the species, it only supports those who go into these animals' natural habitat and disrupt nature for monetary gain. Many animals die, the traffickers don't care as long as they get some money for a few of the animals.

      Think about it, exotic animals are not a good choice. Think about the animals, really.

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      Margaret 7 years ago

      Here's an article about a recent Texas exotic wholesaler. Everyone in this site who is trying to buy a "cute" sloth should read this first. Be responsible.

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      Brooke 7 years ago

      Me and my boyfriend are really interested in getting a sloth.

      He is joining the military and I will be home. I really want a pet while he's away that will keep me company, show me affection, and something I can love. I was wondering where I could find one and around how much it will cost to buy him? Message me at Thank you(:

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      nick 7 years ago

      where do i get a slooth

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      lov eda sloth 7 years ago

      i hate you all. but i love the sloths there so awsome dog

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      DJ  7 years ago

      I am doing an infromation text for my homework and one part of it is to instruct something and i have chose to do Sloth, i chose to instruct how to feed and prepare a meal for one but i dont know how to and i cant find anything so i was wondering could you tell me?

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      Sarah B. 7 years ago

      This article needs to be deleted. First off, that picture your "sister" sent you wasn't from your sister. That is a picture from Aviarios del Caribe in Costa Rica, the only sloth sanctuary in the world. They keep all their babies in old dole boxes. Also, there is no way you received the sloth on the right inside of that box because that sloth is a two-toed sloth, and "your" current sloth is a three-toed sloth. Grew an extra toe, I suppose? Second of all, it is illegal to own a sloth pretty much anywhere, especially in the U.S. They are a threatened animal, so you will not be helping by tearing one out of the wild. Also, the climate in the U.S. (or anywhere else other than central/south america) is not correct for sloths, especially indoors. Sloths will not eat just any leaves, either. For example, if it's eaten trees native to its home country its entire life and then you bring it here to chomp on a maple tree, it probably will not enjoy it at all. Lastly, you don't give them baths. They need the algae on their fur. Everyone, please do NOT listen to this person's "advice" about sloths and leave them in their natural habitats. If you'd like to help a sloth out, you can donate to Aviarios del Caribe and even intern there for the summer. You could also raise awareness in your community about how threatened sloths are and hopefully save the beautiful sloth from extinction.

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      starsplitter 7 years ago

      I live in SW Florida. I was bitten by a two toed sloth today. I believe it was an accident, he did not mean to get me with his tooth. But since their teeth are ever growing and razor sharp, the wound is deep. So I am looking for info about two toed sloth bites. Not much luck there.

      What I have learned is that the habitats of the sloth are shrinking due to man encroaching on their homes. Destroying the rain forests.

      Mother sloths are being killed for bush meat and their babies taken and sold.

      These are wild animals. They have adapted to living in the rain forests of South America. Please save a mother sloth by not buying any babies- or any sloths for that matter.

      I have to agree with Sarah B when she states-

      If you'd like to help a sloth out, you can donate to Aviarios del Caribe and even intern there for the summer.

      You could also raise awareness in your community about how threatened sloths are and hopefully save the beautiful sloth from extinction.

      Though fairly common in their natural habitat, deforestation and other forms of habitat destruction and hunting remain threats for the sloth. Other human-made threats include power lines and roads.

      Educating children and adults in the sloths’ home countries about the animals' importance to the ecosystem and how to treat the animals respectfully remains a challenge for those who want to help this unique and wonderful animal.

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      Krystal Pyatt 7 years ago

      y boyfriend wants a sloth, why I am not sure, but how do we go about getting one, please email me with any info etc

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      MrsFizzy 7 years ago

      @Brooke: Then why don't you adopt a dog from the pound???

      You people saying "how do I get a sloth" should really think about what you are doing. Just because you've seen some cute pictures on TV and the internet that give you some fantasy about what you think is a cute cuddly animal, you really want to support illegal wildlife trade - parents being killed, baby animals taken, possibly being smuggled illegally in horrible conditions where many die along the way, only a tiny minority of animals taken from the wild actually make it alive to their destination. Then it is sold on to different dealers until some person buys it, most likely on impulse like it is a toy, keep it somewhere unsuitable, doesn't feed it what it needs, and even then if it still doesn't die they get bored of it, because it sleeps 20 hours a day, then sell it to the next person who thinks it will make a cool pet. Just educate yourself and think about it.

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      terryyy 7 years ago

      do not endanger these animals they do not make good pets they dont deserved to be domesticated and its illegal if u want a pet u should just get a dog or something y a sloth internet information is not always true if u buy one ur taking the baby away from its mother

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      shelby hebert 7 years ago

      hey ive been looking all over to get a pet sloth where can i get one?? im in the US

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      Really? 7 years ago


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      ... 7 years ago

      Your grammar and spelling skills are horrible.

      As is the entirety of your fake article. Nice try, though.

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      Princess 7 years ago

      I just dont get y this girl wants to lie I get the fact that sloths are so cute but it's wrong to in danger any type of animal that is wrong and against the law

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      Wanna-Get-A-Sloth 7 years ago

      How much do sloths cost?

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      Holly 7 years ago

      its discusting.

      they belong in their natural habitat.

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      "...." is an idiot 7 years ago

      3 toed sloths are an endangered species and that's wrong ^ you are thinking of koala bears that eat eucalyptus

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      Och 7 years ago

      I would also like information on were I can buy a two toed sloth. Please email any information to Thank you.

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      Franny 7 years ago

      Could you email me also how much a baby sloth would cost AND where you could possibly get one?

      Thanks a bunch.

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      kassie 7 years ago

      omg your soo ''spesh'' im jelous! :-)

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      Ian 6 years ago

      It is perfectly leagal to own a Sloth in the UK as long as u apply for the correct permit to own one its very expensive but absolutley leagal.

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      Ian 6 years ago

      Sorry i stand corrected! After speaking with a dealer you no longer need a licence of any description to own a sloth (of any type) in the UK.

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      slothlover 6 years ago

      This is not true at all. Please do some research. Three toed sloths cannot be kept in the United States. They have a very limited diet of cercropia tree leaves, only found in the rain forest. Additionally, if your sloth gets wet, it will not get sick. They are from the rain forest. They are wet all the time. They are ectothermic which means they regulate their own body temperature by moving towards and away from the sun as needed.

      Two toed sloths are not docile and do not like to be touched or coddled. They are illegal to have as pets in most places--most recently Alaska banned them. They are mostly herbivores but will eat insects. They also have very long, thin canines that look more like fangs. These are sharp as are their claws, which can be five inches long. Ask a zoo keeper, if a two toed sloth feels cornered or threatened, it will bite or slash, those are two ways they defend themselves against predators. They are wild animals. Zookeepers can train them to be touched without being reactive, but it takes years.

      A three toed sloth's life span, at the only zoo in the US who attempted to keep them, turned out to be 3 days to two weeks. They generally average, under home conditions, 25-30 years. Three toed sloths ARE more docile, they are, other than the dolphin, the only animal in the world that smiles 95% of their lives, a true smile.

      The moths and beetles on their backs are not true parasites: the algae on their backs is, according to Jeff Corwin, only found in nature on the sloth's back, and the moths that live in the sloth's hair eats the algae to keep it in check, while leaving the majority to serve as camoflauge. The moth is also only found on the sloth's back.

      They are so adorable, you are truly lucky if you are ever in a place to interact with one. But know that you are interacting with a wild animal, and all animals can bite and scratch. That said, feel free to fact check any of this information or go to to learn more about them.

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      ryan 6 years ago

      wait so u always have to be with them?

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      _xSophie4Tuomasx_ 6 years ago

      What about if you live in the UK? How will you get one then? Or if you live in Finland? (i'm thinking of moving there when i'm a little bit older)How will you get one then? And how much would it cost in the UK?

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      dumbasses... 6 years ago

      you guys need to leave sloths where they can survive,... in tropical climates...

      i just love humans.

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      Ilovesloths 6 years ago

      I just saw a video on youtube(tickling slow loris) and have been looking up info on how to get one since! They are so adorable and I love exotic animals! Do u think they would be compatible with the exotic cat a savannah? Email me please! Meirab1 please also let me know where to purchase one!.

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      symon 6 years ago

      Hi! can canadians own sloths? if so where can I get one?



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      Charla Burnett 6 years ago

      I would really like to own a sloth. Ive did a lot of research on them and I adore the thought of playing games and getting kisses from such a loving animal. Please email me. I would like to discuss what I would need to go through to get one.


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      Pooki 6 years ago

      Are they viscus? and also , do they have to be in warm weather? and do they really die easily? and are they friendly? There so cute but i don't want to own one if I am killing it because it's not in the rain forest...

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      Carolina 6 years ago

      I am an american living in colombia sa please do not advise people to get this aninals they kill the mother to get to the baby, from 10 babies only one survives and get to you. This babies die easily. Leave them in the forest were the belong.

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      Jessica 6 years ago

      While I agree that the sloth is quite possibly the cutest animal alive, I can't help but believe that it is an act of cruelty to keep one as a pet.

      While this person claims that her pet sloth can "live off any type of leaf without a problem", studies show that "each three-toed sloth's food preferences are determined by the bacteria living in its gut. These bacteria are passed down from a sloth's mother when she shares food with her young."

      This would mean that although it is eating what she offers it (because it has no other choice), it may not be properly digesting it because this person doesn't know what food and bacteria its mother gave it. It could be suffering from stomach pains and who knows what else and may not live very long because of improper nutrition due to its inability to properly digest what it is fed...

      If you truly love them, I feel that you will let them be happy and healty in the wild and admire them from afar rather than contribute to their pain and suffering.


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      Dillon R. 6 years ago

      what is the average annual cost to own and care for a sloth?

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      drew 6 years ago

      Where can you get them at they are just adorable.

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      sara 6 years ago

      Are there pet stores that sells sloths in the USA?

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      Just a quick Note 6 years ago

      Ok, I'm not actually talking about the sloths right here, although after reading these comments, I do think that although everyone would love to own one, it would probably be best if you just went to a zoo and saw them, seeing as they are meant to be in their originaly home. I would love a sloth, but I thnk that they are more important than me.

      At...: I don't think you should talk about spelling and grammar, seeing as you should have just said entire. Sorry.

      At "...": Ok, this is the real reason I am commenting, even though this is probably pointless. I don't want to be rude, but as an Australian I feel obliged to say something about your "koala bears". They are not Koala bears. They are koalas. They are not from the bear family. I know a lot of people don't pay attention to that fact, and a lot don't know, but I just thought I should mention it. Hope no one sees me as being rude. Thanks for reading!

      (Oh, and Sara: I don't think any decent pet stores would sell Sloths. Sorry.)

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      Raf 6 years ago

      i envy you, they look like such loving and playful spurts :)

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      Amber 6 years ago

      How did you get it? I cant find anything on the internet about how to get a sloth =]

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      funkoxen 6 years ago

      got to agree that this article is highly inaccurate. there main predators include leopards? leopards? what do they do get on a plane from africa to go sloth hunting?

      im quite disturbed by the demand here. they are probably my favorite animal but i have never and would never consider getting one. word has it you can buy human organs in south america, it wasn't to long agpo that people bought elephant leg umbrella stands and gorilla hand ashtrays...this is the modern equivalent. if you care about theese animals go to costa rica, visit a sanctuary, volunteer, whatever...if you want a cute furry animal that plays with you and gives you kisses get a godamn cat or dog and stop using your powerful western currencys to rape the rainforest. that's all.

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      Ryan Peejo 6 years ago

      I really want to get a pet sloth they seem like the greatest pets ever, how would i go about getting one, and how much would it cost to get one?

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      Michelle 6 years ago

      This is a great story!! Do you know where I could get one? please email me at thanks!

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      S Cart 6 years ago

      The top picture shows a three toed sloth and the bottom picture shows 2 two-toed sloths and she says the one closest is the one she was sent, but she says she has a three toed sloth. ??? Hmm.

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      Grammar police! 6 years ago

      You really like to misuse the word "there", don't you?

      "There" indicates location, whereas "they're" is shortened form of "they are".

      "Their" on the other hand indicates possession.

      Be a dear and fix those parts for me, will you?

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      alicia pakareu 6 years ago

      Sloths cannot live in captivity!

      Have a look at the video:

      I´would like to share with you this my last videoreport recorded at the Atlantic Forests of Bahia, Brasil, about the great Sloths and how they cannot survive surrended by eucalyptus monoculture plantations of Veracel, which produce celulose that we all consume.

      Same as eucalyptus, they cannot live of other leaves. To love them means to respect their territories and their freedom. Wild animals are not pets!

      Please share, help us to take action!


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      K-la 6 years ago

      what is the best place to get a sloth????

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      K-la 6 years ago

      plz!!!! where can i get one???!!!

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      katherine 6 years ago

      where did u get it?

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      Melissa A Smith 6 years ago from New York

      There is a proper way to keep a pet sloth, and what this article describes isn't one of them. Please see '' for great care advice if you are serious in acquiring one of these animals. Also, fossas are endemic to Madagascar, so I wouldn't say they are a predator of this animal.

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      sqwiggle 6 years ago

      it would be very helpful if i could get some info on how to buy a sloth as i am having trouble with it.

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      Katy 6 years ago

      If you can tell me how or where to get a baby sloth, that would be amazing!

      Email me at if you can.

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      addisoncorday 6 years ago from canada

      ok can someone PLEASE help me out on finding a three toed sloth that is for sale? yes they can live in captivity and i know what im doing so if u can help please do? thanks!

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      addisoncorday 6 years ago from canada

      btw if u can email me at sorry just really need help!

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      thumbsup4luv 6 years ago

      heyy krista, interesting hub, i learnes a lot from it:)

      i just have a few questions...

      are sloths easy to take care of?

      can anyone who is allergic to animals (cats, dogs, etc) be allergic to a sloth?

      where could you get a sloth?

      are sloths legal in canada?

      how much money are sloths?

      how big do they fully grow to?

      are they calm?

      thanx!XD hopefully u can get back 2 me soon!

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      Obviously, none of you did your homework... they will most likely die due to being in captivity--they're highly susceptible to diseases and easily get sick being pets... just because something is cute doesn't mean it should be plucked from its natural environment and live in your home for your amusement.

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      Stoner 5 years ago

      Can sloths smoke weed and drink?

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      Agie 5 years ago

      I have a pet sloth myself... its still a brother rescued her. He found her on the ground and waited for her mother to come, but without any luck. So now im taking care of her until she's old enough to take care of herself out there. she is the cutest thing ever. I dont use a cage or so, instead i just let her sleep next to me on my bed..For now :). she is the cutest thing when she sleeps...

    • profile image - Irene 5 years ago

      Saw a national geographic film re Sloths.. I have rescued/adopted: hooded rats, cats, dogs, horses, birds - 3 ravens on different occasions, squirrels, rabbits. I am very intrigued by the 2 toed sloths. Live in Ontario, Canada. One of the 3 ravens was a survivor of 3, the two larger died the first night . Dana became so loving and after 2 months joined a local group. the parents gave up quite early on as I couldn't set Dana up outside - too cold and dangerous. Dana took food from my mouth and pecked my eyeglasses - kissed me on the face - came to my shoulder and rode around while I did chores - when Dana could fly she zipped around my apt quite expertly. Hated to see her/him go but it was time.Please send me adopt info current Oct 2011, thanks Irene.

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      Caylee 5 years ago

      PLEASE Email me about how to buy a sloth because OH MY GOSH I've wanted one for a year now!

      hehe, I'm not a fan of Mc Donalds btw I just put that as my email for a friend :P

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      Jamie08 5 years ago

      Hi there.

      Questions. Where do you get a license for a sloth? (If you have to get one)

      Can they really be domesticated?

      What happens when they are full grown adults?

      I live in South Africa nd I'd really like to have one but not sure if they will survive here. Send me more info to my email account at

      Thank you :)

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      katielynn 5 years ago

      i so want a sloth

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      does it have to be warm year round where you live to own a sloth? or can you own a sloth even if you get snow?

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      Kaylin 5 years ago

      I live in Texas and I want to know if you can have a sloth legally. If I can get one what type would be the best?

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      Kc 5 years ago

      Hi there.

      Questions. Where do you get a license for a sloth? (If you have to get one)

      Where can I buy one?

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      Natalie 5 years ago

      How do you purchase a sloth? i have been looking for two years... i live in tampa florida..

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      Ariel 5 years ago

      I would love to purchase a sloth. I live in nothern ny. I have done research on their care and how they live. I would really like to find a place to buy one. Email me @

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      Faye Therese 5 years ago


      I am strongly interested in bringing a sloth into my home! I've been doing so much research, but I haven't been able to find a reliable place to purchase a sloth that will be knowingly healthy! If you could reference me to where your sister was able to get yours, please let me know!

      Thank you so much. I'm from Virginia.

      My email is


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      Taylor 5 years ago

      Me and my boyfriend have serisouly been considering purchasing a sloth. I just have absolutley no idea where to get one?! and living in iowa would it be to cold? And what about a license?

      my email is

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      Yodles 5 years ago

      Where do you get a sloth

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      sarah 5 years ago

      How do you get a sloth? And how much do they cost?

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      ugh 5 years ago

      Learn to spell "their." It's not "there."

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      Lea 5 years ago

      I live in London and would love a pet sloth but I don't know if it would be way too cold and what their temperament is like around babies

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      Emily 5 years ago

      Hello! Do sloths get along with dogs? I have a labrador and a poodle. And does anyone know a reputable place where I could purchase a sloth? Thanks!

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      Savanna 5 years ago

      I really would like to know where I could go about getting a sloth.

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      PIRATEH 5 years ago

      How much space do they need? :-/

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      ThoMas Nelson 5 years ago

      Hey where do you get one email me at

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      Ashlee 5 years ago

      I really want one and I have everything set up but I'm having trouble locating one.

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      Ryan Foley 5 years ago

      I've always liked sloths they've always seemed to match my personality of just slow and steady and hanging around. I've been trying to find one but it is very hard. My email is and if you could email me any information on how to get one I would greatly appreciate it, also any licences or anything else necessary or that you just recommend in general about sloths.

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      I wamt a sloth really bad and i have been looking hard on the computer for one but i cant find one can you tell me where you got yours my email is i would be glad thank you

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      Taylor L. 5 years ago

      The parasites in their fur that you mentioned, do they get in your house or do you not even know that they're there?

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      jessica 5 years ago

      My mum really wants one where could i buy one please email me with the information asap thanks

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      samanthahomsy 5 years ago

      Hi Krista,

      I'm really interested in getting a baby sloth but I have no clue where I could get one. If you know of any places or anything could you please let me know. And if there is any other information I should know before purchasing a sloth that would be great too.

      Thank you.

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      Molly Gould 5 years ago

      How do you get one of these??? How much?

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      Planetree 5 years ago

      Cut this nonsense!

      Sloths are not pets. Period!

      They body is built to live on top of TREES! In FORESTS! Their fur is full of cyanobacteria, and all other sort of organisms, which is okay for THEM as it gives their fur a greenish tone... very useful to trick predators..Such as jaguars..eagles and so forth.. So cute isn’t it? Or will you google ‘’sloth shampoos’’ if you manage to get one? Oh.. and their slowness is not just to be cute or is actually very helpful for the same reason..escape notice from predators!

      Plus..their claws are very sharp. Usually they live a lot of years..but I guess that’s in the wild as I doubt it would happen inside a CAGE..! So the idea of the commitment you will take if owning one would not make you think much about it… unfortunately anyway.

      All their diet..body temperature..metabolic rate… it’s all fit and adjusted to an environment that won’t fit in their pet condition..

      Anyway..I just get shocked that more and more people are starting to focus on sloths as pets…with a very common statement: “it’s CUTE’’

      I guess I will never understand this ridiculous human attitude towards everything…as if exotic birds, lizards, snakes wouldn’t be enough. Instead of realizing and evolving we became more and more barbarian with a lack of overall understanding and respect for the diversity of our world...

      This is insane..

      Oh wait but you long as there's some dimwit selling them..easy as buying..oh the pleasures of money.

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      MeganNic 5 years ago

      So you live in florda ? I live in Ohio and was consitering a sloth. Ther so cute and seem easy to take care of and fun :D i have some questions if you dont mind. SDo if you could maybe Email me in your free time? @ / Thank you

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      marla 5 years ago

      I'm sorry but it is morally wrong to own a sloth. People are stealing them from their mothers and selling them on the internet. How would you feel if someone took your baby from you? I think it is just wrong plus it is diminishing the population in Costa Rica. Don't do it!!!

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      pk3 5 years ago

      omg!!! that's adorable! haha i wanna get one does anyone know how much they can cost?

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      Kelli 5 years ago

      What is wrong with you people. I cannot believe you would take a baby sloth of it's mother in the wild. While you dumb people are wanting wanting people are killing the adult sloths to get access to the babies.

      People are a plague.

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      kim 5 years ago

      I want a sloth please send me info on why i can buy one.

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      mrcriss 5 years ago

      Leopards? FOSSAS?? Are you for bloody real??? If you're going to start publishing things on the internet, at least make sure it's factual!!!

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      Danielle 5 years ago

      I am obsessed with them! It is my Dream and goal to get one when I am older (im only 16). I am willing to go through a lot of paper work and get the right license and buy the Perfect sanctuary and food and love and attention! I cannot wait! How much was yours? (Not really a factor for me(i'd save up no matter how much it is) I am just curious:)

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      Renato 5 years ago

      Animals are NOT objects my friends. Leave animals in their own habitat before we drive them to COMPLETE EXTINCTION. DON"T support ILLEGAL practices.

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      John 5 years ago

      Why would I want to own an exotic animal when I can see them FREE in the wild??? Why does it have to be ALL about MYSELF??? Would you like to be owned by someone else??? Let's NOT deprive any living creature from its FREEDOM!!!

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      Ian 5 years ago

      Most species of Sloths are among the creatures of least concern in rainforests. This means they are about at the same risk of extinction as the common crow.

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      Star 5 years ago

      Where can i get a sloth and how? i have a few more questions so please email me at thanks:)

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      alex 5 years ago

      where can i buy a sloth from? i live in San Antonio , Texas , and i want one!

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      Száva 5 years ago

      I've been wishing for a sloth since an extremely long time. I would do anything to get one for my 18th birthday. However, where I live (Hungary) they don't sell any...sadly. Is there a chance of someone selling any?

      Please please contact me if yes.

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      Joe 5 years ago

      Wasn't there a sloth in that Movie 7 it was one of the 7 sins

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      Slothy 5 years ago

      To "Slothlover", you are so stupid. You have no facts. In actuality, the 2 toed sloth is more docile than the 3 toed and they are more populous. They are also more resistant to sickness. As for there not being any 3 toed sloths in museums in the US, tell that to the 3 toed sloth I saw at the Memphis Zoo yesterday.

      3 toed sloths are temperamental, (can be down right aggressive), endangered, and can only eat certain types of leaves. If you were to own a sloth, it should be a 2 toed sloth. Yet, I believe you should only look into owning one if you know how to care for them properly. Save yourself some hassle and go see the ones at the sloth reserves in Costa Rica.

      Oh, and on the licensing issue, in the US, laws for owning wild and exotic animals is dictated by individual state law, so check in your state's laws for the answer there.

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      5 years ago

      leave the poor animals where they belong you animal loving nutters....

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      Emma 5 years ago

      Hey my email is

      I've been trying to get a sloth for awhile now, and found a two toed one in Florida. But I'd love a three toed sloth !! Possibly let me know how to contact someone. Thanks so much !

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      Nature w 5 years ago

      You are ALL disgusting. These pet sloths are removed from there natural habitat by poachers & hunters. When you buy a baby, it has normally been caught and it's mother killed. The bigger the demand by morons like you the more sloths are killed, tortured and removed from the forest.

      If you truly loved sloths and other animals you would help protect them and their environment not encourage there extinction.

      They cannot eat any type of leaves - there stomach biology is adapted to digest certain plant species. Non native leaves will cause a slow and painful death over time.

      Shame on you.

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      aj 5 years ago

      i agree with julia, these are wonderful creatures but also need to be truly happy and comfortable in there environment... im good with my stuffed toy sloth :) volunteer to be around them but purchasing them will be there death :( Save The sloth! :)

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      Nicole 5 years ago

      How did you get a pet sloth? I want one!

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      Rawr 5 years ago

      You say taking a sloth from its mother is terrible, but where does every other animal come from? Their mothers!!! You take dogs from their moms, cats from their moms, any other pet you can think of. And they don't kill the mommy sloths. That's illegal.

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      on the bandw wagon 4 years ago

      most of u here are just jumping on the comments u just read and judging people for their igonarance, that just makes u arseholes.

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      holly 4 years ago

      hi im interested in owning a pet sloth could you contact me? i need help on how to get started

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      Livee 4 years ago

      How can I go about getting a baby sloth?? I live in Canada and I really would lone!! :)

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      Marcos Souza 4 years ago

      Hi Krista, very interesting article. All the information is very useful if u want to have a pet sloth. First of all i am originally from Brazil and i am happy that you got a three toed sloth from my home country :) when i was 7 ears old my uncle that sells exotic pets, brought one home and stayed with us for the weekend and i feel in love with sloth, since then i never stop reading about it and studying about them. and i promise to myself that when i settle i would buy one for me.... and that is what's happening now. I have been living in Canada for a while and now that i am settle down, i have been searching to buy a youth pet sloth. It has been hard to find breeders, couldn't find any in Canada so i am trying to get one from a breeder in the USA - only two toed sloths tho... i think would be easier than try to bring one from Brazil which is so far from here and the regulations there about exotic pets are very tough.

      Please let me know if you have any contact of breeders please. Would love to know how this experience have been for you too....

      U have a very cute baby btw!!!

      Thanks for sharing

      All the best

      Marcos Souza

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      marcos souza 4 years ago

      forgot to send my email:

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      Jaina 4 years ago

      I'mseriously looking for a baby sloth. I need one that's not too expensive. Preferably male but a female will do just fine. If anyone has any Info on one please let me know. Thanks(:

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      Jeff 4 years ago

      Hey kristia I would love to get some info on sloths I really want one as a pet! If u can please email me

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      jane sloan 3 years ago

      Sloths are not pets - they are wild animals - they belong in Rainforests and Cloudforests - don't collude with illegal animal trafficking - there are no breeding centres for selling sloths in Central or South America - any sloth will have been take from the wild. Sloths do not survive well in captivity even with expert care. Sloths can bite hard and cause harm to humans. Yes they are terribly sweet babies but all babies grow up and you will not be able to give a sloth the habitat that it needs in order to live happily.

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      sadie 3 years ago

      I have belt from the croods. he's so cute

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      intothevoid0208 3 years ago


      go look up the word "conservation"

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      Mo Maek 3 years ago

      Hello ~ kristia ! I would love to get some info on sloths I really want one as a pet! If u can please email me :


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      Jjjjjjjj 3 years ago

      Thes things are nasty

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      kidd 3 years ago

      I want a sloth so bad what's the florida permits i have to get???

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      telle19 3 years ago

      i would LOVE a sloth as a pet, i spent all last month begging my mum to let me get one and she finally agreed to consider it if i could find all the regulations and licenses that are required. I live in Queensland Australia and i am not sure what i have to do to legally own a sloth.

      please help, are sloths legal in Queensland and if they are where could i find the licenses to own one?

      thank you

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      Kelsey 2 years ago

      I want a sloth but how much are they and where can you buy one

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      Jennifer 2 years ago

      Keeping wild animals such as sloths as pets is cruel. They are meant to be in the wild and if they are taken captive, you should take them to a rescue center... not aid in the illegal trade of exotic animals. They are very cute but are NOT PETS.

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      Jeannette Morse 20 months ago

      I cant find where i can buy one. I LOVE sloths with a passion and I always dreamed of having one of my own. doesnt have a wide selection

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      Sloth girl 14 months ago

      I love my sloth

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