It is Monday. Monday is sloth-like to me.
Arctopithecus flaccidus [now Bradypus tridactylus flaccidus]
This is a subspecies of the pale-throated sloth, which is one of the three-toed sloths. Pale-throated sloths, like most of their genus, live mostly solitary lives, but are around more creatures than you might think. In addition to the green algae that they live mutalistically with, they also have multiple species of insects, which live commensally within their fur.
The sloth moth and several beetle species live on the sloth itself, and lay their eggs in its droppings on the ground. The sloth provides both heat and camouflage to the insects, and the insects themselves don’t harm the sloth, so there is no benefit to expending energy removing them.
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. Illustrated by Joseph Smit, 1871.

It is Monday. Monday is sloth-like to me.

Arctopithecus flaccidus [now Bradypus tridactylus flaccidus]

This is a subspecies of the pale-throated sloth, which is one of the three-toed sloths. Pale-throated sloths, like most of their genus, live mostly solitary lives, but are around more creatures than you might think. In addition to the green algae that they live mutalistically with, they also have multiple species of insects, which live commensally within their fur.

The sloth moth and several beetle species¬†live on the sloth itself, and lay their eggs in its droppings on the ground. The sloth provides both heat and camouflage to the insects, and the insects themselves don’t harm the sloth, so there is no benefit to expending energy removing them.

Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. Illustrated by Joseph Smit, 1871.

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