Three-toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus) - Costa Rica by Jason Weigner

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A female Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) from Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica.

Three-toed sloths have an extremely slow metabolism. It can take a sloth up to a month to digest a meal of leaves. Three-toed sloths feed almost exclusively on leaves and the long digestion period lets them extract the limited and difficult to accesses nutrients found in tropical tree leaves.

The other day I rescued one of these from the middle of a highway which sent me on a sloth kick and so I dug up this sloth photo from Costa Rica. They are one amazing animal to see up close and the feel of there fur is… remarkable, unlike any other creature’s fur I have felt.

Nikon D80
ISO 400
No flash
September 20, 2007


sloth, mammal, nature, wildlife, costa rica, central america, latin america


  • serendip
    serendipover 3 years ago

    Such strange looking creatures- the head seems so out of proportion with the body, and the fur appears very thick and matted. A lovely shot Jason.

  • Thank you! They are odd looking. There fur actually feels fairly soft, coarse and soft at the same time…

    – Jason Weigner

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 3 years ago

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 3 years ago

    Just saw one on a FOX News show and learned some interesting facts about them….they spend their entire time in the trees, upside down, even mating upside down and only ever come down from the tree to relieve themselves! Can you imagine?? lol!!! An entire life upside down??

  • They are amazing creatures! The one I rescued is hanging out in the tree in front of my house. It is great having him ‘hanging’ around

    – Jason Weigner

  • Stephen Maxwell
    Stephen Maxwellover 3 years ago

    Great capture of an amazing creature.

  • Thank you! They are wonderful animals.

    – Jason Weigner

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