The brown-throated sloth eats various leaves and foliage in its habitat, however the majority of its diet is supplied by Cecropia trees which also tend to be located in prime locations for such limited organisms (by clearings and riverbanks)(1). Most of the water these sloths need comes from the leaves that they eat(1). Bradypus variegatus’ hooked claws allow it to pull leaves towards its mouth(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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