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Pale-throated sloth information, facts - classicanimal

The pale-throated sloth is a medium-size mammal species native to Northern America. This is a member of a three-toed sloth family. They are mostly found in the rain forest of North America, and mostly eat insects, fruits, leaves. It is one of the laziest animals in the world.

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Their scientific name is Bradypus tridactylus.

Common Name: Pale-throated sloth
Scientific Name: Bradypus tridactylus


Pale-throated sloths belong to the family Bradypodidae and the genus of Bradypus. It is a species of sloth. Their conservation status is 'Least Concern'.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Pilosa
Family: Bradypodidae
Genus: Bradypus
Species: B. tridactylus
Group: Mammal
Conservation Status: Least Concern


Pale-throated sloth is found in North America. They are habitats such as rain forest.

Living Locations: North America
Habitat: Rain forest


Pale-throated sloth is a medium-sized mammal species and its whole body cover with coarse guard hairs(10 cm long). They have a rounded head with a blunt nose and small external ears. Their hands and feet each have three digits, armed with long, arched claws, with the middle claw being the largest and most powerful. Females are larger than males. An adult female length around 50 cm to 75 cm and an adult male length around 45 cm to 55 cm. Female weight around 3.8 kg to 6.5 kg and male around 3.2 kg to 6 kg. They can travel at speed of up to 0.24 km/h.

Color: Brown, Tan, Black
Weight: 3.2 kg to 6.5 kg (Approx)
Size: 45 cm to 70 cm (Approx)
Top Speed: Up to 0.24 km/h (Approx)


Pale-throated sloth is mainly part of the Herbivore diet, which means they eat plants. They mostly eat leaves, twigs, cecropia, ceiba.

Diet: Herbivore
Favorite Food: Leaves, Twigs, Ceocopia, Ceiba


Pale-throated sloth has some natural predators like jaguars, margays, harpy eagles, anacondas.

Predators: Jaguars, Margays, Harpy eagles, Anacondas


Their lifespan up to 20 to 30 years in the wild. Pale-throated sloth is diurnal and solitary birds. But sometimes they live in a small group.

Lifespan: Up to 30 Years
Lifestyle: Diurnal
Group Behavior: Solitary


At the age of 4 to 5 years males and females, are ready to sexually mature. After the incubation period lasts around 183 days and born one baby in a breeding season. The young are called 'Cub'. Those young spend 9 months with their mothers.

Age of Sexual Maturity: 4 to 5 Years
Gestation Period: 183 Days
Average Litter Size: 1
Baby called: Cub
Age of Weaning: 9 Months


  • The pale-throated sloth can hang from branches for as long as 18 hours using its hook-like claws.


FAQ 1: Where do pale-throated sloths prefer to live?

Pale-throated sloths are found to live only tropical forests in northern South America.



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