A sloth is the world’s slowest mammal, common in the tropical. They spend their time in tall trees, hanging from branches and feasting on leaves other animals cannot reach. Sloths are slow climbers but they are fast swimmers and they are also solitary animals. They also come in two varieties, two toed and three toed. Here are the cutest names and nicknames for your sloth.
Why Name Your Pet Sloth
Names for pets or other human beings are important when it comes to unlocking our empathy. By simply learning a person’s name, we are capable of transforming a stranger into someone that deserves of our decency. The same empathizing effect of knowing a person’s name also applies to animals. By naming a pet or other animal, we distinguish them from a generalized animal to an individualized companion. For that same reason it is not surprising that our pets easily gained access to our affection and endearment that was normally reserved only for our own kind once we named them. As such, the naming of your pet sloth has the same effect. Your pet sloth is also one of your family members that needs a name. Even if the sloth may be wild and not domesticated naming it will result in it being watched and tended to more carefully and a result, it will make the animal less stressed. Overall, naming a sloth whether wild or domesticated is good for the animals welfare. Besides, research has shown that naming an animal moves people to better conserve and care more for the animal in general.
Cute Sloth Names
Sticky: Sticky is a cute name to give to your sloth. This name is taken from the term ‘stick,’ which refers to the act of holding onto something. Sloths stick onto branches so that they can feed on tree leaves.
Knight Rider: Knight Rider is an appropriate name for your sloth since she is a nocturnal animal.
Luiaard: Luiaard is Dutch for ‘lazy one,’ and this name will definitely suit your sloth. Sloths are known to be lazy critters who eat, sleep and hang out in trees all day.
Megalonyx: This is a cute choice for a giant sloth. Megalonyx means ‘giant claws,’ and this name is apt for a big sloth.
Bowtoe: You can consider naming your sloth Bowtoe, a cute pun for bow tie. This name alludes the sloth’s funny toes.
McSloth: The name McSloth is a cute name and it is perfect for your male sloth.
Mr Yawn: Mr Yawn is an apt name for your pet sloth who sleeps throughout the day.
Here are other cute names you can consider.
Some Interesting Facts About Sloths
A sloth at full tilt travels at an average speed of six centimetres per second. The animal has a stomach that weighs over one-third of its body weight and it takes 50 days or more to digest its food. A sloth only defecates once every 7 to 10 days and when a female sloth is in heat, she will climb down to the ground and go to defecate every single day. This occurs between eight and ten days every single month. Whilst she is at it, female sloths also pick up on everything she needs to know about her potential mates who would have gone to the bathroom before her. Another fact about sloths is that unlike humans, a sloth can hang upside down with no effect on its breathing and it does this almost 90% of the time. Its impressive biology allows it to spend most of its life hanging upside down. This is because the animals’ organs are attached to the rib cage so they do not weigh down on the lungs. One last interesting fact about sloths is that the animal has an extra vertebrae at the base of its neck that allows it to turn its head on a 270◦ axis enabling it to obtain almost a 360 ◦ view of its surroundings.
Good Sloth Names
If you want a good name for your sloth, think of names inspired by its own nature.
Turtles: Turtles are relatives slow but faster than a sloth, hence the name Turtle is a good name for your sloth.
Couch Potato: The phrase couch potato is used when referring to a lazy someone. If not disturbed, sloths can sleep for 15 or more hours; so you can name your sloth Couch Potato.
Mrs Dumbo: Sloths might not be dumb, but the name will suit them anyway, since they are least bothered about what’s happening around them.
Flash: You can name your sloth Flash, an unusual name for a slow crawling pet. This name is inspired by the Zootopian fast working sloth.
Pikachu: Pikachu is a good name for your sloth. You will have named your pet after an adorable cartoon.
Groot: Groot is the character from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ and you can name your sloth after this character, assuming his skin is as rough as the texture of a sloth.
Hug-hug: You will want to hug that sloth when she crawls your way, right? Name her Hug-hug and the name will suit her.
We have also listed other names which might be good for your sloth.
- Mr Fergus
What Do Sloths Eat
A sloth’s diet includes mostly buds, leaves, and tender shoots, but some sloths have been known to consume insects and birds to supplement their diet. These animals have a multi-compartment stomach that enables them to effectively digest the tough cellulose that they eat and that can be a slow process that can make a sloth digest a single leaf in 30 days. These omnivores have molars which they use to chew up their leafy food. Also, sloths are nocturnal, mostly active at night and sleep all day. They eat, sleep and mate and even give birth upside down in the trees and sometimes remain hanging after death. Because sloths do not have incisors, they trim down leaves by smacking their firm lips together. These animals can survive on a very few meals due to their slow metabolic rate. Due to the sloths low metabolic rate and a low body temperature, which is about 91° Fahrenheit, the animal keeps its food and water needs to a minimum.
Baby Sloth Names
A baby sloth is called a cub or pup and the baby is born fully furred, eye open and able to climb. Baby sloths learn what to eat by licking the mother’s lips. The pup clings to its mother’s fur as an infant and is sturdy enough to survive falls. Below are nice names which will suit your baby sloth.
Iris: You can name your baby sloth Iris, after the beautiful Iris flower.
Luna: Luna is Spanish for ‘moon,’ and it makes a cute sloth’s name. This name suits a peaceful and beautiful sloth.
Mystery: Tough sloths are the slowest mammals know, the rapid development of sloths becomes a mystery. New-born sloths are born fully –furred, with open eyes, with all their teeth and fully developed claws.
Fletch: Fletch is a good name for your baby sloth. This name complements the sloth’s funny toes which can be likened to the fletching on the end of an arrow.
Fluffy: Baby sloths are born fully-furred, however they are not as fluffy as they look, but the name will still suit.
Barkley: Sloths hardly make a sound, and the name Barkley is appropriate for your baby sloth.
Tardy: To be Tardy is to be slow: This is a good name that conjures the image of a small slow moving baby sloth.
Below are other cute options for your baby sloth.
- Olivia Sims
What Makes Sloths Stand Out
As much as sloths have long claws that make walking on the ground difficult for them, these animals can move up to three times faster when in water. This is rather surprising for such a typically slow-moving animal. In addition, sloths, can also hold their breath for almost forty minutes. They do this by suppressing their metabolism to make their heart rate a third of its normal speed. The animal’s nature allows it to conserve its energy, moving much slower than the average mammal on this planet. The sleeping pattern of sloths depends on its habitat. Sloths held in captivity can sleep from 15 to 20 hours a day, whilst those in the wild can sleep as much as humans, at around 8 to 9 hours a day. Also, sloths have a symbiotic relationship with the algae that grows on their fur. As the sloth provides the algae with shelter and water because the sloth’s fur is highly absorbent, the algae provides the sloth with a camouflage together with extra nutrients through its skin. Also, a modern sloth can grow as large as a medium-sized dog. But ancient sloths known as ‘megatherium’ are believed to have grown as large as an elephant.
Did you know that sloths are named after their slowness? The name sloth is taken from the word slow. Here are suitable nicknames which will suit your sloth.
Tortoise: You can name your pet after other creatures that are also slow. Tortoise is a good byname for a sloth.
Toffee: Toffee is a good moniker for your cute and funny sloth.
Clingy: Sloths cling on to trees and branches so much that they are said to spend most of their lives clinging onto tree branches. The name Clingy is a smart choice for a sloth.
Optimus: This is an ironic name for your sloth since he is nothing like Optimus the fearsome warrior from ‘Transformers.’
Mr Slumber: You can name your sloth Mr Slumber, a perfect name for a pet who loves his sleep.
Clawy: This is a moniker derived from the term claws. This is a perfect name for your sloth since her claws are 8-10 centimetres long.
Loner: Sloths are solitary; they rarely interact with each other outside of breeding seasons; the name Loner will definitely stick.
More nicknames for your sloths are below.
- Okra Mae
When it comes to sloths, the common predators include the jaguar, the harpy eagle and surprisingly human beings. A large number of sloth deaths in Costa Rica are from contact with electrical lines as well as from poachers. The animal’s claws provide a further unexpected deterrent to human hunters. When hanging upside down in a trees, sloths are held in place by the claws themselves and do not fall down even if their shot from below. The animal’s main forms of protection are its camouflage which greatly increases by the coating of algae that grows on its fur and its very slow movement. These adaptations make the sloth almost disappear in the rainforest canopy and thus protect itself from its predators. Another way sloths protect themselves is by not sweating. Because they do not sweat, sloths have no body odour, which also helps them avoid predators and they spend much of their lives in the canopy, snoozing and remaining hidden from predators. Sloths can live for 10 to 20 years in the wild and adult females can give birth to a single baby each year, however, the lack of movement can actually keep the female sloths from finding males for longer than a year and that can result in a decrease in the sloth population.
Famous Sloth Names
If you want to give your sloth a famous name, we have suggested a few famous sloth names which you might like.
Flash: Flash is an ironic name for your sloth since a flash is quick and a sloth is slow. This name is inspired by the fastest sloth in ‘Zootopia.’
Remy: Remy is an apt name for your sweet sloth. The name is taken from Remy the sweet rat in ‘Ratatouille.’
Mr Magoo: You can consider naming your sloth after the funny cartoon character Mr Magoo with poor eyesight. The name is perfect for a sloth.
Pooh: Pooh is a cute name which is best for your sloth and the name is derived from the cartoon character Winnie the Pooh’s name.
Dopey: Dopey is a slow dwarf from ‘Snow-White and the 7 Dwarfs.’ His personality definitely suits that of a sloth.
Pikachu: Pikachu is a famous ‘Pokemon,’ character. He is not slow but he is adorable just like a sloth.
Here are more suggested famous names which will suit your sloth.
- Mr Hawk
- Agent Hellboy
Funny Sloth Names
At times funny names are the best for your pet. Here are funny names that will suit your sloth.
Madam Fluffy: Madam Fluffy is a funny name for a sloth considering that a sloth is not as fluffy as she looks.
Chirp: A sloth hardly makes a sound, the females only yell a shrill, monoton mating scream to let the males in the area she is ready; therefore, naming her Chirp is funny.
Mr Fergus: The name Mr Fergus is too serious for a sloth, hence, if you can name your sloth Mr Fergus, that will be funny.
Chewbacca: If you have ever watched the amusing way in which a sloth chews, you will like the name Chewbacca for your sloth.
Bigface: A sloth has big cheeks, so the name Bigface will suit your pet.
We have also listed other funny names for sloths below.
- Mr Pooh
- Mr Hawk
- Sleepy Bob
Pet Sloth Names
In case you have not yet found the right name for your sloth, we have also compiled cute names for your pet sloth.
Where are sloths found?
Sloths live in Central and Southern America, enjoying the tall trees found in rain, cloud and mangrove forests. Most sloths occupy several trees during their lifetime, but most three-toed sloths may spend their entire lives in the tree they were born in. A sloth’s life revolves around sleeping and eating in its tree homes. they come down form tree tops only to poop (which they do once a week), search for a mate or to establish new territory. Three toe sloths are herbivores, and their diet consists of leaves and buds. Two toed sloths on the other hand are omnivores, meaning they consume both plants and animals. Sloths digest food even more slowly than they eat it. It can take up to a month for a sloth to digest a single meal.