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How do sloths affect the environment?

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! "The soiled fur of sloths attracts moths, which then die and rot and contribute to the growth of tasty algae gardens."

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Herein, what would happen if sloths went extinct?

On a larger scale, sloths fertilize the trees they dwell in with their dung, and constitute the majority of tree-dwelling mammals by mass in some regions, so their disappearance would undoubtedly cause a chain of negative effects throughout rainforest ecosystems and for other animals, plants, and microbes dwelling

Beside above, what environment does a sloth live in? Though their ancestors lived in North America, modern sloths live in Central and South America, enjoying the tall trees found in rain, cloud and mangrove forests.

Also know, why are sloths habitats being destroyed?

The most common reasons that the pygmy sloth is going endangered are Humans and poaching. Humans- Humans are cutting down the red mangrove trees in which the pygmy three toed sloth lives in. Because they live in such a small area, this makes it hard for the sloths to survive.

How do most sloths die?

Though, according to Cliffe, this hypothesis doesn't really hold up to scrutinty, because of the danger a sloth faces on the ground – over half of all sloths die while outside of their trees – and sloths bred in captivity do not need moths or algae to survive, and still do it anyway.

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