Sloth, Moth, Algae

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Most likely the Bradypus variegatus – Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth.  The three-toed sloth is almost totally arboreal ("tree-dwelling"), with a body "built to hang." It lives in the shrub or lower tree layer, but sometimes moves to the canopy. Its long, coarse, grayish-brown fur often appears greenish, not due to pigment but to algae growing on it. The sloth’s greenish color and its sluggish habits provide an effective camouflage: hanging quietly, the sloth resembles a bundle of leaves…

Most likely the Bradypus variegatus – Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth. The three-toed sloth is almost totally arboreal ("tree-dwelling"), with a body "built to hang." It lives in the shrub or lower tree layer, but sometimes moves to the canopy. Its long, coarse, grayish-brown fur often appears greenish, not due to pigment but to algae growing on it. The sloth’s greenish color and its sluggish habits provide an effective camouflage: hanging quietly, the sloth resembles a bundle of leaves…

Most likely the Bradypus variegatus – Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth.  The three-toed sloth is almost totally arboreal ("tree-dwelling"), with a body "built to hang." It lives in the shrub or lower tree layer, but sometimes moves to the canopy. Its long, coarse, grayish-brown fur often appears greenish, not due to pigment but to algae growing on it. The sloth’s greenish color and its sluggish habits provide an effective camouflage: hanging quietly, the sloth resembles a bundle of leaves…

Most likely the Bradypus variegatus – Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth. The three-toed sloth is almost totally arboreal ("tree-dwelling"), with a body "built to hang." It lives in the shrub or lower tree layer, but sometimes moves to the canopy. Its long, coarse, grayish-brown fur often appears greenish, not due to pigment but to algae growing on it. The sloth’s greenish color and its sluggish habits provide an effective camouflage: hanging quietly, the sloth resembles a bundle of leaves…

Three-toed sloth crossing the road at Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica. Its greenish colour is due to the algae which lives on its fur

Three-toed sloth crossing the road at Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica. Its greenish colour is due to the algae which lives on its fur

The sloth is the world's slowest mammal, so sedentary that algae grows on its furry coat. Sloths are identified by the number of long, prominent claws that they have on each front foot. There are both two-toed and three-toed sloths.  All sloths are built for life in the treetops. They spend nearly all of their time aloft, hanging from branches with a powerful grip aided by their long claws. (Dead sloths have been known to retain their grip and remain suspended from a branch.) Sloths even…

The sloth is the world's slowest mammal, so sedentary that algae grows on its furry coat. Sloths are identified by the number of long, prominent claws that they have on each front foot. There are both two-toed and three-toed sloths. All sloths are built for life in the treetops. They spend nearly all of their time aloft, hanging from branches with a powerful grip aided by their long claws. (Dead sloths have been known to retain their grip and remain suspended from a branch.) Sloths even…

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