These sloths wear a brown coat which sometimes gets stained with algae giving a greenish appearance. As the name suggests, each limb ends in three-clawed toes. The unique vertebral arrangement allows them to rotate their head up to 270 degrees.
After birth, the mother pulls the infant between the hind legs (to prevent the infant from falling) while other sloths help the baby and mother get clean. Males do not play any role in children’s lives, while females teach them to live and survive. Two unique sleeping behaviors are observed in this species: (1) “awake-alert” (open and blinking eyes); and (2) “behavioral sleep” (closed eyes but hanging from the tree). Although, like any other sloth, they’re very lazy but climb down to the ground to urinate.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No