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three-toed sloth

Bradipus variegatus

Description:

Sloths are classified as folivores as the bulk of their diet consists mostly of buds, tender shoots, and leaves, mainly of Cecropia trees. Some two-toed sloths have been documented as eating insects, small reptiles and birds as a small supplement to their diet. Linnaeus's two-toed sloth has recently been documented eating human feces from open latrines.[2] They have made extraordinary adaptations to an arboreal browsing lifestyle. Leaves, their main food source, provide very little energy or nutrition and do not digest easily. Sloths therefore have large, specialized, slow-acting stomachs with multiple compartments in which symbiotic bacteria break down the tough leaves. As much as two-thirds of a well-fed sloth's body-weight consists of the contents of its stomach, and the digestive process can take a month or more to complete.

Notes:

We found that sloth moving up to the tree in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica, they go down to the floor once a week (approximately) to defecate.

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10 Comments

Tere R
Tere R 9 years ago

Thank you Maria dB!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

very nice spotting!

Tere R
Tere R 9 years ago

Thaks long-island6

Tere R
Tere R 9 years ago

I also think that bayuca and Anne Marie.

long-island6
long-island6 9 years ago

Awesome picture!!!!!!!

Tere R
Tere R 9 years ago

Thaks Anne Marie

bayucca
bayucca 9 years ago

Yes, perezozos are mostly smiling...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominikhofe...

Great photos - it looks like it's smiling :-)

Tere R
Tere R 9 years ago

Thank you Gerardo.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wow wonderful series Tere!

Tere R
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Tere R

Limón, Costa Rica

Spotted on May 16, 2012
Submitted on May 16, 2012

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