Three-toed sloth

Three-toed sloth

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Credit: ART WOLFE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Brown-throated three-toed sloth. Brown-throated three-toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus) hanging from a tree branch. This sloth inhabits the rainforests of Central and northern South America. It feeds almost exclusively on leaves from Cecropia sp. trees. It has a very slow metabolism and the lowest body temperature of any mammal. It allows algae to grow in its fur, which imparts a greenish hue. Along with its inactivity, this makes it almost imperceptible to predators. It moves with great difficulty on the ground, but is a surprisingly good swimmer. Photographed on Bocas Del Toro Island, Panama.

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Keywords: animal, bocas del toro island, bradypus variegatus, branch, brown-throated, brown-throated sloth, mammal, nature, panama, sloth, slow, three-toed sloth, wildlife, zoology

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