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firefly5 April 9th, 2016 2:57am

Science Friday (1/3): Both the three-toed and the lesser-known member of its family, the four-toed sloth, are remarkable swimmers.

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TheCameron UCF
04/09/16 10:11 pm

My question is do they enjoy swimming?

firefly5 the verse
04/08/16 7:58 pm

This is actually false on a couple counts. First, the three-toed sloth is, indeed, quite the adept swimmer. Because of its particularly long arms, it moves around significantly faster in water than it does on land: at least three times as fast (or maybe that should be three times less slowly?). What's more, the sloth can slow its heart rate to 1/3 of its normal pace. With its slowed heart rate, it's able to hold its breath for longer periods of time. The three-toed sloth has been known to hold its breath underwater for more than thirty minutes. So why is this answer false? Well, for one, there is no four-toed sloth. The two-toed sloth, which is the other-number-toed sloth that actually exists, is not actually in the same family as its three-toed counterpart.And it doesn't swim very well. Also, as a side note, *all* sloths have three toes; it's the number of fingers that's different.
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Rosebud Ohio
04/08/16 9:12 pm

Aww, bugger. I voted true because I don't know much about sloths aside from the video I watched over and over and over and over and over again with Naiomi of a smooth swimming.