How Many Toes Does the Three-Toed Sloth Have?


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A three-toed sloth has three clawed toes on each foot, giving it a total of 12 toes in all. Sloths use their long claws for climbing and as a defense against predators.

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All species of sloth are native to Central and South America. They are arboreal animals, meaning that they spend most of their time in trees. Besides its claws, a sloth's other adaptations to tree-dwelling life include fur that grows in the correct direction to shed rain when it is hanging under a branch and a symbiotic relationship with green algae that grows in its fur and provides camouflage.

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