Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54550

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Xenarthra
Family:Bradypodidae
Genus:Bradypus
Genus species:Bradypus tridactylus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:50-60 cm
Identification:The pale-throated three-toed sloth is grayish-brown to beige in color and has a darker face.
Habitat:Forests
Diet:Herbivore: leaves, tender buds
Reproduction:Pale-throated three-toed sloths breed during the rainy season, which usually falls between July and September. The gestation period is 120-180 days long. Only one young is born at a time, which is weaned at one month of age.
Adults are solitary.
Behavior:The pale-throated three-toed sloth spends most of its life upside down and is most active at night.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:A pale-throated three-toed sloth's hair grows in the opposite direction of most animals' fur, with the ends pointing downward as the sloth hangs upside-down in the trees. They often appear to be greenish in color; pale-throated three-toed sloth are so slow that algae will grow in their hair. Pale-throated three-toed sloths also have two extra neck vertebrae, allowing a greater range of head movement. Their eyesight and hearing are extremely poor and are so adapted for arboreal life that they cannot walk normally on the ground.

Other Information

Geographic:Northeastern South America Date:1965-10 Subjects:Pale-throated three-toed sloth
edentate
Bradypus tridactylus
Bradypus
Bradypodidae
Sloths
Xenarthra
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/54550