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Three Toed Sloth


Three Toed Sloth
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Copyright: Zeno Swijtink (Zeno) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon 200-500 mm.
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-13 3:04
Viewed: 5772
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Three Toed Sloth has long gray or brown hair that blends in well with the surrounding environment, making it difficult for predators, such as the jaguar, to see them. This hair curves in the opposite direction of most other mammals: from the stomach to the back. Their hair is covered with a coat of blue-green algae during te rainy season. This algae provides camouflage!!!
They grow to a length of between one and a half and two and a half feet (in about 2 1/2 years). Their ancestor, the giant ground sloth, which lived before the last ice age, reached the size of the modern elephant. They can defend themselves with sharp claws, but their main form of protection is their camouflage. Predators, beside people, include large snakes, harpy and other birds. Also jaguar and ocelot are a danger when the sloth is on the ground. On the ground it moves extremely slowly. Surprisingly, sloths are good swimmers. They eat leaves and buds. Their low rate of metabolism enables them to live on relatively little food. Their teeth grow continuously, as they are worn down by the grinding of their food. They don't drink but get their water from eating juicy leaves and licking dewdrops. They do most things upside down: eat, sleep (an average of 15 hours per day), mate and give birth. Because of their upside down life, many of their internal organs are in different positions from other mammals. Sloths sometimes let out a cry or hissing sound.

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bonjour
j'ouvre et je vois cette belle photo, un peu de flou mais bonnes couleurs
bien vu pour la posture de l'animal.
merci du partage, bravo, amitiès
edith

Hi Zeno
With this animal, I think that you would not have problem with the speed and exposure :0)
I imagine that the problem is to locate it.
Great shot.
Regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-13 20:16]

Hello Zeno

I haven't seen too many sloths on TN.Well done an excellent capture of this beast.They must have incredible strength in their feet to hang on by a toe like that.Very well focused with good detail and sharpness.The claws show very well.Nicely done.TFS

Rob

Hi Zeno,
An animal we don't see often on TN. I like the pov, you were lucky to get it hanging in the position. A great shot,
regards
Matt.

Brilliant capture.
Rare animal and lovely pose.
TFS
JM

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