Lovely Sloth Photos
Wednesday, 09 February 2011

The sloth is the world's slowest mammal, so sedentary that algae grows on its furry coat. The plant gives it a greenish tint that is useful camouflage in the trees of its Central and South American rain forest home.

Sloths are identified by the number of long, prominent claws that they have on each front foot. There are both two-toed and three-toed sloths. All sloths are built for life in the treetops. They spend nearly all of their time aloft, hanging from branches with a powerful grip aided by their long claws. Sloths even sleep in trees, and they sleep a lot—some 15 to 20 hours every day. Even when awake they often remain motionless. At night they eat leaves, shoots, and fruit from the trees and get almost all of their water from juicy plants.

Sloths mate and give birth while hanging in the trees. Three-toed sloth babies are often seen clinging to their mothers—they travel by hanging on to them for the first nine months of their lives.

 

Mother and baby sloth

Brown-Throated Three-Toed Sloth, Panama by Andres Licona

 

 

 

 

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Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth

 

 

 

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Three-Toed Sloth by Joel Sartore

 

 

 

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Three toed sloth at the Dallas World Aquarium by Sergiodelgado

 

 

 

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Sloth with her baby by the Suites

 

 

 

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Three-toed Sloth Wallpaper

 

 

 

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Two-toed sloth, photo by Greg Willis

 

 

 

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Two-Toed Sloth Hangs from a Branch by Roy Toft

 

 

 

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Photo by spoozer290

 

 

 

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Baby sloth

 

 

 

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Sloth Baby by ~Whyamithewerewolf

 

 

 

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Photo by Stacey t.

 

 

 

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Anonymous   | | 2011-02-10 21:00:21
I couldn't even imagine that there are creations like these on the Earth :)))))
BoBana   | | 2011-02-10 04:58:24
I love sloths, I think they so unique and beautiful! And the babies are the cutest!!
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