Pygmy three-toed sloth

Pygmy three-toed sloth

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Genus
SPECIES
Bradypus pygmaeus
WEIGHT
2.5-3.5 kg
LENGTH
485-530 mm

The pygmy three-toed sloth, also known as the monk sloth or dwarf sloth, is a sloth endemic to Isla Escudo de Veraguas, a small island off the Caribbean coast of Panama. The species was first described by Robert P. Anderson of the University of Kansas and Charles O. Handley Jr., of the Smithsonian Institution in 2001. The pygmy three-toed sloth is significantly smaller than the other three members of its genus, but otherwise resembles the brown-throated three-toed sloth. According to Anderson and Handley Jr., the head-and-body length is between 48 and 53 centimetres, and the body mass ranges from 2.5 to 3.5 kg . This sloth, like other sloths, is arboreal and feeds on leaves. It has a body adapted to hang by its limbs; the large curved claws help the sloth to keep a strong grip on tree branches. It lives high in the canopy but descends once a week to defecate on the forest floor. It is symbiotically associated with green algae, that can provide it with a camouflage. Details of mating behavior and reproduction have not been documented. The pygmy three-toed sloth is found exclusively in the red mangroves of Isla Escudos de Veraguas, restricted to an area of 4.3 square kilometres . A 2012 census of pygmy three-toed sloths estimated the total population at 79. The IUCN lists the pygmy three-toed sloth as critically endangered and they are listed on the world's 100 most threatened species.

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Nocturnal

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Folivore

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Herbivore

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Arboreal

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Island endemic

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Scansorial

Te

Terrestrial

Vi

Viviparous

So

Solitary

No

Not a migrant

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Pygmy three-toed sloth habitat map

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References

1. Pygmy three-toed sloth Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmy_three-toed_sloth
2. Pygmy three-toed sloth on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/61925/47444229

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