Three-Toed Sloth Fact Sheet

Common Name:

Three-toed sloth

Scientific Name:

Genus: Bradypus

Wild Status:

Least Concern-Critically Endangered, depending on species


Tropical forest


Central & South American countries


Tree canopies

Life Span:

20-30 years


Length: 1" // Tail: 2-3"

Cool Facts:

  • There are four extant species of three-toed sloths, including the brown-throated sloth, maned sloth, pale-throated sloth, and pygmy three-toed sloth.
  • Three-toed sloths are nimble swimmers but struggle on the forest floor.
  • Algae grows on their fur. The green hue helps them camouflage among the tree's leaves.
  • Unlike two-toed sloths, who are nocturnal, the three-toed sloths are diurnal.


Taxonomic Breakdown:

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Pilosa Suborder: Folivora Family: Bradypodidae Genus: Bradypus

Conservation & Helping:

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