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Putting the sloth in sloths: Arboreal lifestyle drives slow pace

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The diets of two-toed and three-toed arboreal sloths consist mostly of tree leaves.

The diets of two-toed and three-toed arboreal sloths consist mostly of tree leaves.

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Close-up of a two-toed sloth in northeastern Costa Rica, where the study was conducted.

Close-up of a two-toed sloth in northeastern Costa Rica, where the study was conducted.

Credit: M. Zachariah Peery


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A mother and juvenile three-toed sloth in the tree canopy at the scientists' study site.

A mother and juvenile three-toed sloth in the tree canopy at the scientists' study site.

Credit: Geovanny Herrera


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A two-toed sloth moves along a cable in a cacao plantation in northeastern Costa Rica

A two-toed sloth moves along a cable in a cacao plantation in northeastern Costa Rica.

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Three-toed sloths lead slow-motion lives, in keeping with their adaptations to arboreal niches.

Three-toed sloths lead slow-motion lives, in keeping with their adaptations to arboreal niches.

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Two-toed sloths are heavily-built animals with shaggy fur and slow, deliberate movements.

Two-toed sloths are heavily-built animals with shaggy fur and slow, deliberate movements.

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