Linne's Two-Toed Sloth:
Distribution and Habitat
The two-toed sloth can be found in Central America through central South America.
The canopies of the rain forest are where the two-toed sloth likes to dwell.
The two-toed sloth is a slow moving animal highly specialized for life in the trees. It is well-furred, grayish-brown in color with a pale face. Its hair is parted down the midline of its chest and belly. Its limbs are long, the forelimbs slightly more so than the hind limbs, and the feet are narrowly curved. The toes are bound closely together with skin for their entire length and each has a three inch long hook like claw. The soles of its feet are naked and padded.
The sloth is especially well camouflaged during the rainy season when its coarse fur takes on a greenish tint due to algae growth on the flutings of the hairs.
The sloth spends much of its time in an upside down position. Its specialized feet and hook-like claws provide a firm hold as the sloth moves slowly and deliberately along the underside of the branches.
If caught on land, these animals have no chance to evade predators, such as big cats, and must try to defend themselves by clawing and biting.