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3 Toed Sloth

Bradypus variegatus


The head is rounded, with a blunt nose and inconspicuous ears. As with other sloths, the brown-throated sloth has no incisor or canine teeth, and the cheek teeth are simple and peg-like. The brown-throated sloth has grayish-brown to beige-colour fur over the body, with darker brown fur on the throat, the sides of the face, and the forehead. The face is generally paler in colour, with a stripe of very dark fur running beneath the eyes.


It is found in many different kinds of environments, including evergreen and dry forests and in highly perturbed natural areas. It is generally found from sea level to 1,200 m (3,900 ft), although some individuals have been reported from much higher elevations. This one was seen in a small forested area adjacent to a river at sea level.

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1 Comment

Tukup 5 years ago

Great catch Mel. We seldom see them here as the jungle is so dense. We can sometimes see them from far off, but seldom get a clear shot of them. Thanks.

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Limón, Provincia Limón, Costa Rica

Spotted on Nov 4, 2016
Submitted on Mar 20, 2019

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