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Both species of sloth have long forearms and strong hind limbs.
Both species of sloth have long forearms and strong hind limbs. These features are perfectly designed for climbing and living in trees. Much of the sloth’s fur is covered by a type of algae. This algae helps camouflage the animal while it is in the trees.
Three-toed sloth, ground sloth
CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Xenarthra (strange-jointed)
FAMILY: Megalonychidae and Bradypodidae (three-toed and two-toed)
GENUS/SPECIES: 5 different species within the two families—Bradypus and Choloepus
Size: Both genera about 1.6 ft (0.5 m)
Weight: Bradypus: 6.5–11 lbs (3–5 kg); Choloepus: 20 lbs (9 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Plants
Habitat: Forests of Central and South America