Pale-throated sloth

When it comes to sloths, there are degrees of slothfulness and three-toed sloths are the most slothful (SLOW) of all!

Daniella Maraschiello

They feed on plants that protect themselves by growing tough fibrous leaves that are low in nutrition and energy. So, these animals tackle this issue by sleeping 15 to 20 hours a day, and even when awake, they are almost always motionless. They are so slow that algae often start growing on their furry coats.

But wait, it is not all that bad! This green tint helps them camouflage in the trees; talk about luck! Moreover, these sloths have an advantage that only a few other mammals possess: They can turn their heads to some 270 degrees and eat all the nearby leaves hanging in one place.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Brazil
2022
Amazonas, Amapá, Roraima, Pará
French Guiana
2022
Guyana
2022
Suriname
2022
Venezuela
2022

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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