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Bradypodidae - Three-toed Sloths

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Mammalia
 Order: Pilosa

Family: Bradypodidae
Sloth There are four species in this family. They are found in rainforests in Central and South America. Three-toed sloths are about two feet in length and have round heads, short tails, and small ears. They have long, thick, shaggy fur with grooves in it. They have grayish-brown or yellowish-brown fur, but algae gets in the grooves in their fur and makes it look green! Their fur grows from their stomach and curls around to their back.

Three-toed sloths have long arms and legs; their arms are longer than their legs. They have three toes on their front paws and five toes on their rear paws. They have three long, curved claws on each paw.

Three-toed sloths live in trees. They hang upside down and and move very, very slowly. They are herbivores and eat leaves, buds, fruit, and twigs. They are nocturnal and spend most of their time sleeping!

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
  New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Breeds in NH Breeds in NH (birds)
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None   Pygmy Three-toed Sloth - Bradypus pygmaeus Critically Endangered North America More Info
Brown-throated Sloth - Bradypus variegatus Least Concern North America South America image More Info

Other Species Around the World

Maned Three-toed Sloth - Bradypus torquatus Vulnerable South America image More Info   Pale-throated Three-toed Sloth - Bradypus tridactylus Least Concern South America image More Info

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Three-toed Sloths profile Photos
The sloth is the world's slowest mammal.
Source: National Geographic Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Brown-throated Sloth - Bradypus variegatus Photos Video Least Concern North America South America
The brown-throated sloth is the most widely distributed of all the sloths.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Brown-throated Sloth - Bradypus variegatus profile Photos Least Concern North America South America
The brown-throated sloth is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Brown-throated Sloth - Bradypus variegatus profile Photos Least Concern North America South America
The brown-throated sloth sleeps up to 18 hours a day.
Source: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Maned Three-toed Sloth - Bradypus torquatus profile Photos Video Vulnerable South America
The maned three-toed sloth is found in fragments of the coastal rainforest in Brazil.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Maned Three-toed Sloth - Bradypus torquatus profile Photos Video Vulnerable South America
The maned three-toed sloth spends almost all of its time in the trees, where it eats  leaves, twigs, and buds.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Maned Three-toed Sloth - Bradypus torquatus profile Photos Video Vulnerable South America
The maned three-toed sloth is named after its long mane of black hair, which runs down the back of the neck and over the shoulders.
Source: EDGE Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pale-throated Three-toed Sloth - Bradypus tridactylus Photos Video Least Concern South America
The pale-throated sloth lives high in the forest canopy.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pale-throated Three-toed Sloth - Bradypus tridactylus Photos Video Least Concern South America
The pale-throated three-toed sloth is found in Brazil,French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pygmy Three-toed Sloth - Bradypus pygmaeus profile Photos Video Critically Endangered North America
The pygmy three-toed sloth is only found in Isla Escudo de Veraguas, an island that is a part of Panama.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pygmy Three-toed Sloth - Bradypus pygmaeus profile Photos Video Critically Endangered North America
The pygmy three-toed sloth was recognized as a distinct species in 2001.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Pygmy Three-toed Sloth - Bradypus pygmaeus profile Photos Video Critically Endangered North America
The pygmy three-toed sloth is more laid back than most sloth species and they only east mango leaves.
Source: BBC Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pygmy Three-toed Sloth - Bradypus pygmaeus profile Photos Critically Endangered North America
The pygmy three-toed sloth was only recognized as a distinct species in 2001.
Source: EDGE Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No