Bradypus variegatus is a tree dweller of the humid, subtropical areas of Central and South America(1). “The crowns of the trees in tropical forests are often thick with interlocking lianas and other vegetation and provide strong footholds for sloth travel, sleeping, and mating”(1). Because Bradypus spends the near entirety of its time hanging from tree limbs in the middle to upper layers of the canopy, it prefers more densely wooded areas, which allow for migration from one tree to the next. With that in mind, “Bradypus prefers trees with large crowns and selects them based on the amount of time the crowns are exposed to sun,” mostly because of its low body temperature and dependence on external sources of heat(1).
- (1) Christine Chan, “Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus),” Brown Throated three-toed sloth, http://bss.sfsu.edu/geog/bholzman/courses/fall99projects/sloth.htm (accessed March 3, 2011).
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