The slowest terrestrial mammal

The slowest terrestrial mammal

Bradypus tridactylus, the pale-throated sloth, belongs to the supraorder Edentata, just like the armadillo and the anteater.

  • Ground speed: 2.44m/min (0.105km/h), although it increases slightly when climbing trees using its 3 long claws, reaching 4.57m/min (0.272km/h).

  • Its neck has a great mobility, it can turn it almost 360º.

  • It almost never descends to the ground, as being so slow it is an easy prey. If it is attacked, it lays on its back and defends itself with its claws.

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The pale-throated sloth is extremely slow, so much so that it becomes easy prey for many predators. Ingrid Maceda
  • It lives in tropical America, it is solitary and feeds on fruits and leaves. Despite its slowness it swims well and can cross rivers.

  • It spends most of its life sleeping hanging on branches, where it camouflages among the leaves especially in the rainy season when a brown algae grows among its hair, giving it a brown color.

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