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Two-toed Sloth

Choloepus hoffmanni

Description:

Species in this genus are easily identified by the presence of two claws on the forelimb. Hoffman’s two-toed sloths have head and body lengths ranging from 58 to 70 cm, mass varies from 4 to 8 kg. Hoffman’s two-toed sloths have rounded heads and flattened faces. The small snout is naked and protrudes from the flattened face. Ears are round and thickened, almost always covered with hair. The coloration of body hair in adults is a mosaic of tan, blonde, and light brown. Shading of the hair over the head and back is often darker than the rest of the body. There are five upper and four lower teeth in each quadrant for a total of 18 teeth. Range mass: 4 to 8 kg.; Range length: 58 to 70 cm.

Habitat:

Secondary dry tropical forest.

Notes:

Was spotted on the ground at the bottom of a seasonal river (dry season). Notice he is positioned in dry leaves. The image was taken late morning on a sunny day.

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5 Comments

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 4 years ago

wow!!!! soooooooooo cute....

Indio Jones
Indio Jones 5 years ago

I didn't notice the green algae, but the research says they carry. As for potty training, perhaps. It makes them vulnerable to attack by our jugarundi and jaguar.

Aww-dorable !

The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

Wondeful sight! Did you see him/her coming back to the trees? Usually they come down approximately once a week for a toilet visit, they way I remember from documentaries :-)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 5 years ago

He is really cute. I didn't realize the 2-toed sloth was so small. Do these grow algae in the hair as well? He definitely is not greenish.

Rivas, Nicaragua

Lat: 11.11, Long: -85.73

Spotted on Apr 26, 2014
Submitted on Apr 26, 2014

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