Sloth hanging from a tree branch

Adapted to climbing

Scansorial describes animals that spend much of their life climbing such as squirrels, monkeys, geckos, mountain goats and tree frogs. Whether it's a tree, a cliff or a wall, what an animal climbs has a great influence on how evolution has equipped it for the all important task of not falling off. 'Suction pads' on geckos and the hook-like claws of the sloth are some of the many useful features for a climbing life.

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