Brown-Throated Sloth

Brown-Throated Sloth

Brown-Throated Sloth Range Map (C & S America)
Brown-Throated Sloth Range Map
(C & S America)
Attribution: IUCN, species assessors & spatial data authors

Brown-Throated Sloth
Photographer: Christian Mehlführer

Latin Name Bradypus variegatus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Central & South America
Colour Brown/Grey
Length 60 cm (23.6 inches)
Tail -
Weight 3.5 - 5.2 Kgs (7.7 - 11.5 lbs)
Life Expectancy

30 - 40 Yrs

Main Characteristics

The Brown-Throated Sloth is the most common of the four species of three-toed sloth. They have a body length of approximately 60 cms (23.6 inches) and they weigh between 3.5 and 5.2 kgs (7.7 - 11.5 lbs).


Brown-Throated Sloths are found in the forests of Central and South America.


Brown-Throated Sloths feed on variety of leaves, flowers and fruit.


After a gestation period of 5 - 8 months, Brown-Throated Sloths give birth to a single youngster. They are weaned at 4 months old and they reach sexual maturity at 3 - 5 years of age.


Predators of the Brown-Throated Sloth include jaguars and other felids, birds of prey and owls.


Subspecies of the Brown-Throated Sloth are:

Bradypus variegatus boliviensis
Bradypus variegatus brasiliensis
Bradypus variegatus ephippiger
Bradypus variegatus gorgon
Bradypus variegatus infuscatus
Bradypus variegatus trivittatus
Bradypus variegatus variegatus

Interesting Facts

Brown-Throated Sloths are also known as:
Brown-Throated Three-Toed Sloth

Similar Animals

Linnaeus's Two-Toed Sloth
Maned Three-Toed Sloth
Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth
Pale-Throated Sloth
Hoffmann's Two-Toed Sloth


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