Family - Bradypodidae
(Three-Toed Sloths)


Three-toed sloths are about the size of a small dog or a large cat.  They have a body length of around 45 centimeters.  They weigh 3.5–4.5 kilograms.  They also have a short tail of 6 – 7 centimeters.  They have three clawed toes on each limb. They are frequently referred to as three-toed sloths.  They move between different trees up to four times a day, although they prefer to keep to a particular type of tree.  The three-toed sloth, unlike most other mammals, does not fully maintain a constant body temperature, and this limits it to warm environments.  Members of this species tend to live around 25 to 30 years, reaching sexual maturation at 2 years of age.

Author: Noah Y
Published: 10/2012