Back Orders: Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus)
About the three-toed sloth, which he insists on calling the three-FINGERED sloth, Sanderson says, “Aggravatingly and quite erroneously, they have been called the two-toed and three-toed, when both have five toes. However, one, the Unau, has only two fingers, and the other, the Ai, has three fingers.”
But as far as I can tell, he’s wrong! Animal Diversity Web says all sloths have three toes; some have three fingers and some have two, and darn if all the pictures I’ve seen don’t look like that’s the case. But he is right that it’s more precise to call this guy three-fingered, not -toed.
This sloth was requested by Susan. I think sloths are just about the most gorgeous creatures around. I hope I get to meet one someday.