8 Arboreal Animals That Spend Their Lives in Trees

Three-Toed Sloth

A pop culture icon, the three-toed sloth is one of the slowest animals, sleeping 15-20 hours daily in trees of Central and South America.


Koalas, native to eastern Australia, sleep in tree canopies when not eating eucalyptus leaves. Their cute faces and fluffy bodies are unmistakable.

Rough Green Snake

Found in the southeastern U.S., rough green snakes are non-venomous, bright green, and feed on insects. They're often seen near freshwater sources.

Tree Kangaroo

Tree kangaroos from Australia and Indonesia eat snakes, birds, and fruit. These arboreal marsupials are under threat from habitat loss.


Leopards, arboreal African predators, climb trees to hunt and escape larger predators. Their survival is threatened by poaching and habitat loss.


Orangutans, critically endangered in Indonesia, are known for their orange color and long arms. They share 96.4% of human DNA and live up to 40 years.


Kinkajous, related to raccoons, live in Central and South America. They eat nectar, fruit, and insects, and have long, prehensile tails.

Howler Monkey

Howler monkeys, the loudest animals in the New World, live in South and Central American forests. They use their prehensile tails and eat fruit and flowers.

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