DeMystifyig the Sloth- brought to you by Claire:
Another silly sloth question!
Do sloths have venom sacs in their mouths? I heard that if they bite you, you die.
When I heard the question about sloths and the venom sacs in their mouths, it was all I could do not to fall down laughing right on the spot. If that were true, everyone who works at the sanctuary would have to be classified as zombies. Sooner or later we all get bitten. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes it occurs.Sloths are the original pacifists and are rarely aggressive.
A sloths’ teeth look quite different from ours. Their teeth are brown. The reason for this is that their teeth do not have an enamel covering like ours do. As babies they have white teeth but as they get older their teeth get browner and browner. The leaves that they eat have tannins in them that “stain” their teeth. This may be part of the reason that people might mistake them for having a venom sac in their mouth. Their teeth don’t look like they are clean, but they are.
I’ve been bitten multiple times by baby sloths, but only once by an adult. Not only did I not get an infection but I don’t even have a scar! Their mouths are very clean. In fact, you’re much more likely to get germs from your husband, wife, girlfriend, or boyfriend than you are from a sloth. Have you kissed a sloth today? I have.