Three-Toed Sloth

Slow and unique animal of the rainforests of Central and South America

Seeing a sloth in the wild is a wonderful experience. There is a good chance that he will sleep, because these animals do that a lot. But with any luck you can watch it eat leaves on a tree. And you can see how they move. Slow, but handy between all branches.

The three-toed sloth is the most common type of sloth. They belong to a unique family of animals. They are the only animals whose hairs grow opposite. In other words, it is completely adapted to the animal's behaviour; hanging upside down in a tree.

Sloths move extremely slowly, mosses and algae grow on its fur, which can give the animal a green color. So they live all their lives hanging from a tree. Unless they sleep, they like to rest sitting on a branch.

Sloths can walk

A sloth only occasionally hits the ground. For example to relieve himself, but a walking sloth looks clumsy. The animal grows to about 50 cm and eats mainly leaves and occasionally fruits. Now and then you see them hanging in the trees, you have the best chance in the national parks.

Several species for three toed sloths

The four living species of three-toed sloths are the brown-throated sloth, the maned sloth, the pale-throated sloth, and the pygmy three-toed sloth. But the most commons one is the Brown-throated three-toed sloth

Best places to see the three-toed sloth