7 Things Sloths Are Really Good At

Hint: email creation isn’t one of them

7 Things Sloths Are Really Good At

If you’ve poked around our website, you may have noticed that here at stensul, we have a thing for sloths. But we have to say, as cute as the furry little animals are, they have some major downfalls -- namely, their speed. Here at stensul we’re here to help you stop creating emails at sloth speed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate our sleepy friends for their strengths.

Some of the things that sloths are actually really, really good at just might surprise you! (Email creation still isn’t a strength, alas.)

1. Existing for a very, very long time

The sloth family is old. Like really, really old. Modern day sloths evolved from an animal called the Megatherium, which were the size of a modern day elephant, but looked sloth-like with curling claws, furry bodies, and long tongues. Sloths have been around since 65.5 million years ago, so it’s no wonder they’re in no hurry to get anywhere!

2. Hanging upside down

Sloths spend 90% of their lives upside down, and are even anatomically built so that hanging wrongside-up doesn’t make it hard to breathe. Their long claws are designed to make hanging from tree branches a breeze, but they sure make typing on a computer and designing emails tricky.

3. Feeding other animals...with their fur?

Here’s something you probably weren’t taught in school: sloths have entire ecosystems living in their fur. Dung-eating insects and moths make their home in sloth fur, creating an algae on sloth bodies that serves as camouflage, and also a tasty treat for other animals. That’s right: sloths’ fellow tropical forest dwellers can visit their lethargic friends for a snack on the go.

4. Sleeping

Sloths sleep for about fifteen hours every day, which makes them one of the most well-rested creatures in the world, but doesn’t leave very much time at all to dedicate to email creation (especially when you think about how long it takes them to get from tree to tree to find food and care for one another).

5. Digesting slowly

Sloths have extremely slow metabolisms, taking up to 30 days to digest just one leaf. There’s not much that sloths don’t do at an extremely leisurely pace, so waiting for them to digest their lunch before embarking on email creation just won’t cut it. (And we thought a week was a long time for an email to be in production!)

6. Looking at all sides of an issue

Sloths’ necks have an extra vertebrae that allow them to turn their head 270 degrees. Their ability to almost literally see what’s going on behind them serves as a handy defence mechanism in their treetop homes, but unfortunately still won’t do much to help them build emails on one screen right in front of them.

7. Swimming 

Believe it or not, sloths are actually skilled swimmers, and even travel up to three times faster than usual in the water. They can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes, just in case they do decide to keep to their usual slow gait aquatically as well. However, as technology hasn’t given us computers that work well underwater yet, their liquid-enhanced speed still won’t help their email creation cause.


It’s best to leave the sloths to the things they're best at, which we humans can admire from afar as we work on speeding up our email production processes without the help of these tree-swinging friends. To find out how you can move your email creation away from sloth speed, schedule a demo with a (human) stensul platform expert.

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