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Costa Rica is home to two types of sloths !!

The haste of a fool is the slowest thing in the world. ~ Thomas Shadwell, 1642-1692

The family of edentata, indigenous to the Americas, includes anteaters, armadillos and sloths, a favorite of guides who seem to know all their favorite hang-outs in trees (usually guarumos) along your route. Costa Rica is home to two types of sloths, the often-viewed three-toed sloth, a diurnal animal, and the seldom-seen nocturnal, two-toed sloth. The brown three-toed and rare two-toed sloths are tree-dwelling leaf eaters with an incredibly sluggish, fermentation-based digestive system. They move very slowly to conserve energy, so slowly that their Spanish name is perezoso, which means “lazy.” Anteaters and armadillos are lower to the ground, but harder to find because they’re nocturnal.


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