Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth

Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth Range Map (Central America)
Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth Range Map
(Central America)
Attribution: IUCN, species assessors & spatial data authors

Latin Name Bradypus pygmaeus
Conservation Status Critically Endangered
Location Central America
Colour Pale Grey/Brown
Length 44 - 47 cm (17 - 18.5 inches)
Tail 4 - 6 cm (1.5 - 2.4 inches)
Weight 2.5 - 3.5 Kgs (5.5 - 7.7 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Pygmy Three-Toed Sloths have a body length between 44 and 47 cms (17 - 18.5 inches), a tail length between 4 and 6 cms (1.5 - 2.4 inches) and they weigh between 2.5 and 3.5 kgs (5.5 - 7.7 lbs).

They have long, coarse fur that is pale grey/brown in colour and they have a tan coloured face with a dark band across their forehead. They have three long, hook-clawed toes on each of their front feet.


Pygmy Three-Toed Sloths are found in the mangrove forests of the island of Isla Escudo de Verguas off the coast of Panama. They are arboreal and solitary.


Pygmy Three-Toed Sloths feed on variety of leaves, buds and soft twigs.


Little is known about reproduction in the Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth. It is assumed that it is similar to that of the other species of three-toed sloth.


Humans and habitat loss are the main threats to the Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth.


There are no subspecies of the Pygmy Three-Toed Sloth.

Interesting Facts

Pygmy Three-Toed Sloths are also known as:
Monk Sloth
Dwarf Sloth

Similar Animals

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


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