AnAge entry for Choloepus didactylus

Classification (HAGRID: 03089)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Pilosa
                Family: Megalonychidae
                    Genus: Choloepus
Species
Choloepus didactylus
Common name
Linne's two-toed sloth

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
36.8 years (captivity)
Source
ref. 671
Sample size
Medium
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

This animal has the lowest and most variable body temperature among mammals (24 to 33 degrees C) [0434]. A 36.8 years old female is reported to be still alive at the Smithsonian National Zoo [0609].

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
1,279 days
Male sexual maturity
1,644 days
Gestation
279 days
Weaning
152 days
Litter size
1 (viviparous)
Litters per year
1
Inter-litter interval
616 days
Weight at birth
356 g
Weight at weaning
Adult weight
6,250 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.002 days-1 (from Gompertz function)
Maximum longevity residual
197%

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

External Resources

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ITIS 624908
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 27675
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