Sloth (Bradypus variegatus)

The three toed sloth can be found from Mexico all the way through to Argentina. They live in seasonally dry forests and warmer climates. They live in trees, close to a preferred food choice because they move so slowly due to their slow metabolism. They spend their entire lives in trees and sleep for the greater part of the day, up to 18 hours.

The three toed sloth gets it's name from it's three large claws that are not actually toes at all! The three claws help it to climb trees and stay in them with ease which is necessary because on the ground they would be vulnerable to predators. Their dusty brown colour helps them to stay concealed in the trees and their lack of movement as they sleep helps them to camouflage. They have adapted a series of digestion factors that help them to find nutrition from the leaves that they eat and process all of the vegetation that they consume. They will change trees every one and a half days in order to avoid toxification from the plant leaves.

Sloths are solitary animals and have babies throughout the year. They do not mate seasonally. Only one baby will be born at a time and it will cling to its mothers fur for many weeks after its birth. The gestation period is anywhere from 4 weeks to 5 months. The baby sloth will learn what food to prefer from its mother by licking the left over leaves off of her lips. From this it will know what vegetation to prefer. After a sloth reaches the age to leave its mother, the mother will actually leave it and find a new territory.

The three toed sloth fall prey to many different predators as well as birds of prey that will be able to see them from above. Sloths eat many different types of vegetation. Sloths are endangered animals due to mining and deforestation. Human activity has destroyed their home areas making it more difficult to survive.

Body Length 0.58 metres
Tail Length N/A
Wingspan N/A
Life Span 20.00 - 30.00 years
Weight 4.00 kilograms