Bradypus tridactylus (pale-throated three-toed sloth)

Bradypus tridactylus the pale throated three-toed sloth sleep or rest for about 20 hours a day. 

Three-toed sloths inhabit forests and spend practically their entire life in the trees, where they hang beneath the limbs or sit in a fork.

Sloths are beautifully adapted to arboreal life. Their movements are slow and deliberate as they select the boughs to cling to with great care and safety.

Species detail

Pale-throated three-toed sloth

Pale-throated three-toed sloth © wikipedia

 

The head is round, hardly differentiated from the remarkably long and mobile neck. The body is thick-set and short. The arms are slender and each very long forefoot has three long claws.  

The whole animal is covered with long coarse but soft and silky hair, which serves as a thatch in rain and dense under fur, acting as a protection against the attack of many foes. 

The males are highly coloured for mammals, having bright orange ear patches and a rounded spot of the same colour in the middle of the back. 

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    Taxonomy

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    Habitat and distribution

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    Biology

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    Behaviour

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    Conservation

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    References

Images

Bradypus tridactylus

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Bradypus tridactylus

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Bradypus tridactylus skeleton

Bradypus tridactylus skeleton.

Bradypus tridactylus

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Bradypus tridactylus baby

Bradypus tridactylus baby

Bradypus tridactylus

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Bradypus tridactylus

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Pale-throated three-toed sloth

Pale-throated three-toed sloth © Wikipedia

About the author 

Roberto Portela Miguez
Mr Roberto Portela Miguez

Curator of the Mammal collections in the Vertebrates Division.

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