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How long does it take a sloth to digest it's food?



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Barry Mclean

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Answered Aug 27, 2019

Sloth is a herbivorous, arboreal South American mammal of the families Megalonychidae and Bradypodidae, and it is widely known for its slowness and inactivity. According to the definition, sloth is an arboreal, which means it is a type of mammal that will spend most of its life living on the trees, and it feeds mainly on the leaves. The digestion process of a sloth is different from the rest of the mammals. The difference is actually about the slow rate with which a typical sloth will digest its food.

Sloth is a herbivorous, arboreal South American mammal of the families Megalonychidae and
While the digestion process in an average human can occur between 12 to 48 hours, the digestion process in sloth occurs approximately in 30 days. This means if a sloth eats a single leave today, it will take 30 days for it to be digested. This slowness indigestion is one of the reasons why sloths are regarded as the slowest mammal in the world.

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M. Kennedy

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Answered Aug 09, 2019

The correct answer to this question is A, 2 weeks. Their name means slow and they live up to it. Out of all mammals, a sloth's digestive system is the slowest. They are slow because the diet they are on gives them little nutrition or calories. Sloths eat tough leaves, which are also rubbery.

The correct answer to this question is A, 2 weeks. Their name means slow and they live up to it.
For most, they would be hard to digest, but a sloth's has a mult-chambered stomach which allows them to digest it. Their stomach also holds a large amount of bacteria, which also helps them digest the leaves. The leaves they eat also has a lot of toxins in them.

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Answered May 02, 2019

The answeris for 2 weeks. Sloths slow digestive systems are one of the reasons they are recognized as the world's slowest mammal. They are tropical mammals and they live in South and Central America. Sloths have long claws, which are about three to four inches long.

The answeris for 2 weeks. Sloths slow digestive systems are one of the reasons they are recognized
They use these claws to hang onto branches. Being that they are so long, sloths have a difficult time walking. The leaves they eat are difficult to digest, but their stomachs are multichambered allowing them to break them down. For some sloths it can take up to a month to digest food.

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John Smith

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Answered Jul 27, 2017

2 weeks
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