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Three-toed Sloth

Three-toed Sloth
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Costa Rica
Theme(s): Endangered [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-07 13:24
Viewed: 14327
Points: 17
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was a very difficult shot. The sloth was very very high up in the tree, and it was very very bright out, but there was not much light under the canopy.

Three-toed Sloth


The name "Sloth": "Sloth" comes from Middle English "slowthe" which meant "slow." "Tridactylus" means "three-toed."

Location: Honduras to northern Argentina

Habitat: Arboreal. Woodland and along riverbanks, in areas where the plant trumpetwood grows.

Description: This sloth's head is round, the neck quite long and flexible, and the eyes and ears are small. The coat is bristly and dense, gray-brown in color with white and orange markings on the back. The legs are long, particularly the front legs, and the feet have long, curved claws (three on the front foot, and four on the hind foot). The underside of each foot is covered with hair. The sloth may reach two feet in length, with a short tail adding no more than three inches. It weighs 9 or 10 lbs.

Behavior: This sloth feeds only on trumpetwood leaves and fruit, which if finds by using its sense of smell. It lives in trees, moving very slowly among the branches in search of food. It spends many hours hanging from a horizontal branch, using the curved claws on all four feet as hooks. Sloths often look greenish because of algae growing on their long thick hair (what was the old saw about a rolling stone gathering no moss?). The sloth rarely descends to the ground.

Reproduction: The sloth makes an unmistakable "ay-ay" cry, which increases in frequency during the mating season. After a gestation period of 120 to180 days, the female delivers a single young.


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jolie prise...
au moin avec cette animale il n'y a pas de probleme de vitesse d'obturation !
dommage que l'on ai pas un cadrage plus serré sur le sujet.

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-05-07 14:26]

What a cute little fellow... Like very much colors and the lovely face shown here...TFS...Ina...

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-08 5:15]

What a nice post Manyee! Considering the difficulties you mentioned, I think you managed pretty good. I like this photo as you seem to have eyecontact. Great fur detail. The Sloth is a fantastic animal in my opinion as he looks to be out of this world if you know what I mean. Wouldn't it be great to be that lazy? :) Great and interesting post. TFS!


Nice capture, he's well hidden. Maybe using the flash would've helped to get it better.
Well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-05-08 6:02]

Félicitation pour cette belle prise d'un spécimen en voie de disparition et original.

Félicitations et bonne journée.

Wonderful posting of this alien, Manyee!
The lighting that you mentioned has foiled many of my shots, brilliant sunshine and shaded subject, I have just learned to use my flash for this type of photo.
Your shot turned out rather well, if I may say so. Thank you for sharing it with us.

I can imagine the level of difficulty in getting this shot done right. Tricky lighting and you managed quite well. Face caught in the shadow but then nothing much you could in that situation except a flash gun which might not be that ideal either. Excellent effort though.

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  • shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85)
  • [2005-06-03 12:39]

Manyee, what an excellent shot! And when I read of the difficult setting, even more commendable.
I do like the large leaves in the foreground...they add texture and a three-dimensional, layered feel. Excellent.
And of course, the Sloth. It does feel like he/she has eye contact with you :)
Sheldon (shel)

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-08-22 1:16]

Tu as de la chance Manyee d'avoir pu observé et shooté ce paresseux, ô combien fragile. J'aurais aimé être là....


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