Pygmy Three-toed Sloth



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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Bradypus pygmaeus PHYSICAL FEATURES: The pygmy three-toed sloth has gray-brown fur, a tan face, and a dark band of hair across the forehead. They have very long nails which are three on each hand. They weigh approximately 2.5 - 3.5 kg. These sloths are obviously mammals so they have live births. They don't reproduce often and only have one baby at a time so population growth is quite slow. Their fur is often coated in algae and other substances which help aid in camouflage. EATING HABITS: The Pygmy three toed sloth is an herbivore whose diet mainly consists on red mangrove leaves and cecropia leaves. Because of this, these creatures can only be concentrated to a certain area which means their risk of endangerment is high. Their metabolism is very slow which means they process food much slower than much other animals. QUICK FACTS:1.) This animal is classified as "critically endangered"2.) There are about 300 hundred left in the wild. 3.) Sloths are actually very good swimmers.4.) They usually stay in a tree for one and a half days before they move on.5.) When the Pygmy three-toed sloth fights, they strike each other. ARKive video - Pygmy three-toed sloth moving through mangrove and swimmingPygmy Three-toed Sloth swimming and hanging in mangroves.
This is the Isla Escudo de Veraguas which the Pygmy Three-toed Sloth resides on.
This is the Isla Escudo de Veraguas which the Pygmy Three-toed Sloth resides on.


BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: "Pygmy Three-toed Sloth." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 16 Mar. 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmy_Three-toed_Sloth>. "ARKive - Pygmy Three-toed Sloth Videos, Photos and Facts - Bradypus Pygmaeus."ARKive - Discover the World's Most Endangered Species. Web. 16 Mar. 2011. <http://www.arkive.org/pygmy-three-toed-sloth/bradypus-pygmaeus/>.