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Baby three-toed sloth at the Sloth Sanctuary in Cahuita (Costa rica). The word sloth derives from the Middle English word "slowthe," which translates to "slow." It is a perfect name for a creature that takes as long as a month to digest one meal. The three-toed sloth has long coarse hair over dense underfur, a white face with a brown stripe on each side, a brown throat, and a body that is pale brown to yellowish.
The three-toed sloth is an arboreal animal, inhabiting the tropical forests of Central and South America. Their algae-covered fur helps camouflage the sloth in its forest environment. Sloths spend nearly all of their time in trees, descending to the ground only once a week to defecate.