area striata
Sloth at Rio Sarapiquí

Sloth at Rio Sarapiquí

Sloths have made extraordinary adaptations to an arboreal browsing lifestyle. Leaves, their main food source, provide very little energy or nutrition and do not digest easily: sloths have very large, specialised, slow-acting stomachs with multiple compartments in which symbiotic bacteria break down the tough leaves. Sloths move only when necessary and then very slowly. The photo wasa taken near Rio Sarapiquí.

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(c) Frieder Edelhäuser 2005