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Sloths definitely earn their common name. They are the epitome of sssslllloooooowwww. They devote most of their life to sleeping and the rest to eating the leaves of rainforest trees. Three-toed sloths are about the size of a medium sized dog. They are usually pale brown with large patches of dirty white on the lower back and hindlegs. Their fur is long and coarse and just a bit wavy - it is often tinged green from symbiotic cyanobacteria, which provides camouflage - and helps them blend into their tree top habitat.
Sloths prefer to live high in the canopy and only venture to the ground to deficate (approximately once a week!) Rainforest challenge question: What explanation would you give for this behavior?
Sloths can be extremely tricky to find, but once you do they tend to stay put! Be on the look out for large basketball sized lumps in the crooks of trees. Learn how to spot a Cecropia tree you will greatly increase your chances of finding a sloth in the wild - cecropias are one of their favorite food sources and tend to grow in disturbed habitats along side rivers.