Brown-throated Sloth - Bradypus variegatus © 2013 admin. All rights reserved.

Sloths – Nature’s laziest animals

Brown-throated Sloth - Bradypus variegatus © Ray Wilson
Brown-throated Sloth – Bradypus variegatus        © Ray Wilson

Sloths are so well known for being slow moving that they are named for it, they move so slowly because their food contains little energy. This doesn’t bother them though, as they don’t need to move fast. Their main foods are leaves, which can’t escape, and they blend into their surroundings to avoid predators, rather than run away.

Sloth’s fur contains many other organisms, a single sloth may be home to moths, beetles, cockroaches, ciliates, fungi, and algae. The algae growing in a sloth’s fur will give it a greenish tinge, helping to camouflage it further.

Because of this camouflage they can be tricky to spot, even for  wildlife enthusiasts. The brown-throated sloth is one that you are more likely to see, it is the most widespread and common of the three-toed sloths and can be found in the Manu Biosphere Reserve.

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Hoffman’s two toed sloth is another species you might see in Manu, which spends almost its entire life hanging upside down from tree branches. Usually sloths are found right side up when they descend to the ground to defecate, which they only do about once every three to eight days.

Strangely enough sloth’s are often excellent swimmers, they can drop from the trees into water quite happily. They can go for days without eating or drinking and it can take up to a month for them to digest a single meal of tough leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

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