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Sloth Coloring Pages (free printable PDF templates)

If you’ve ever marveled at the adorable antics of sloths or yearned for a creative escape from the daily hustle and bustle, then you’re in for a treat. Join us on a journey into the educationally fun world of sloth coloring pages, where you can unleash your inner artist and immerse yourself in the tranquil world of these charismatic mammals. Whether you’re a dedicated coloring enthusiast or simply seeking a delightful way to unwind, these pages are your passport to relaxation and creativity. Discover the joy of bringing these lovable creatures to life, one color at a time.

sloth coloring pages
Sloth coloring pages (free printable PDF templates)

Join us in exploring these slow-paced creatures as we delve into the artistic journey that awaits on each page, celebrating the beauty and charm of sloths in a colorful and engaging manner.

You are welcome to pick any design that captures your interest. Just select the template you prefer, access the free PDF, print it out, and let your coloring imagination flow without limits.

These templates can also double as helpful guides for embroidery or serve as a wellspring of ideas for creating intricate fine line tattoos.

Your creative possibilities are as boundless as your own imagination allows them to be.

Sloth facts

For those who are newcomers to my coloring pages, it’s worth noting that I take pleasure in offering you the chance to immerse yourself in the subject matter.

This allows you to seamlessly turn your coloring experience into an educational adventure. Having said that, let’s get started!

Sloths are fascinating creatures with a multitude of intriguing traits and behaviors. Here are lots of fun and interesting, simplified, facts about them:

  • Sluggish Lifestyle: Sloths are renowned for their extraordinarily slow movements. They are considered one of the slowest-moving animals on Earth. Their leisurely pace is a result of their low metabolic rate and energy-saving strategy, which allows them to conserve energy.
  • Two-Toed vs. Three-Toed Sloths: There are two main types of sloths: two-toed and three-toed. Despite the name, both types have three toes on their hind limbs, but they differ in the number of toes on their front limbs. Two-toed sloths have two front toes, while three-toed sloths have, unsurprisingly, three.
  • Hangin’ Around: Sloths spend the majority of their lives hanging upside down in trees. Their long, curved claws make them excellent climbers, and they use their powerful limbs to suspend themselves from branches. This unique lifestyle also serves as a defense mechanism against predators, as they are hard to spot in the treetops.
  • Sleepyheads: Sloths are known for their excessive sleepiness. They can sleep for up to 20 hours a day, making them one of the sleepiest animals in the world. Their sedentary lifestyle and slow metabolism contribute to this behavior.
  • Herbivores with a Green Tooth: Sloths are herbivores, primarily feasting on leaves, shoots, and fruit. Interestingly, their diet is low in nutrition and difficult to digest. To compensate, they have a specialized stomach with multiple compartments and a symbiotic relationship with bacteria that aid in breaking down their fibrous food.
  • Low-Energy Living: Sloths’ energy-saving habits extend to their digestive system. They have the slowest digestive rate of any mammal, taking up to a month to process a single meal.
  • Camouflaged Coat: The fur of sloths often appears green due to the growth of algae on their hair. This natural camouflage helps them blend into the lush green canopy of the rainforest and provides additional protection from predators.
  • Swimming Skills: Despite their sluggish terrestrial movements, sloths are surprisingly good swimmers. They can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes and paddle through water with ease.
  • Territorial Calls: While generally solitary animals, sloths communicate with one another through a series of high-pitched calls, which help them establish territories and signal reproductive readiness.
  • Slow Reproduction: Sloths have a low reproductive rate. They usually give birth to only one offspring per year, and the gestation period can last up to 11 months, depending on the species. This slow rate of reproduction makes them vulnerable to population declines.
  • Longevity: In captivity, sloths can live for over 30 years, but in the wild, their lifespan is considerably shorter due to threats like predators, habitat loss, and accidents while crossing roads.
  • Conservation Concerns: Sloths face various threats, including habitat destruction due to deforestation, road mortality, and the illegal pet trade. Several sloth species are classified as endangered or vulnerable, making their conservation a critical concern.
  • Curious Coprolites: The study of ancient sloth dung, known as coprolites, has provided valuable insights into their diet and behavior in prehistoric times.
  • Ancient Relatives: Sloths are related to some impressive prehistoric giants, including the Megatherium, which could reach lengths of up to 20 feet and weigh as much as an elephant.
  • Mysterious Mating Rituals: Little is known about sloth mating rituals, as they are often solitary creatures. However, when males and females do interact, they engage in curious and mysterious behaviors, such as high-pitched calls and a slow-motion “dance.”

These quirky and charming characteristics make sloths truly remarkable animals, captivating the imaginations of people worldwide.

We definitely learned lots about sloths, but there is so much more know to know.

If you would like to read more about them, here are some other reputable resources to check out.:

  • To see all of my free printables, go here.
  • If you would like to see an alphabetized index of free printable coloring pages, go here!
  • All of my animals coloring pages are found here.
  • Or, my other mammals coloring pages can be found here.

Printing instructions

*Keep in mind that while these coloring sheets are free, they are for personal use only. Any additional use will need written permission, from me, obtained via email. Thanks.*

How to get best results with your sloth printable

How to get best results with your sloth printable

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate

Learn all about sloths as you color. From writing practice worksheets to various fun designs, there are sloth coloring options for everyone.


  • Standard 8.5"x11" Printing Paper (or quality cardstock)
  • Black Ink/Toner


  • Computer/ Phone/ Or Tablet To Download To
  • Printer
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Eraser (optional)


  1. Feel free to browse through the selection of coloring page options and select the image or images you wish to color. The sample image(s) provided, displaying the website's watermark at the bottom, give you a preview of the complete PDF image's appearance.
  2. Direct your attention slightly downward from the desired sample image to find the "download here" button for the attached PDF file.
  3. First select download, and then select the print option.
  4. When you're prepared to print, please ensure that you select the highest-quality print setting available.
  5. Go ahead and select "print". Then send it to your printer of choice.
  6. Once you have finished printing your coloring sheet(s), give the ink a few minutes to fully dry and set while it's still on the printer. This precautionary measure will prevent any ink smudging on your coloring page, which can be especially important if you plan to gift your artwork to a special someone.
  7. Prior to embarking on your coloring journey, ensure your hands are thoroughly washed and completely dry. Next, make sure to locate a clean, flat surface to lay your paper on, and then unleash your creativity as you infuse the prints with your unique colors and vision. As you finish coloring, relish the newfound sense of achievement, recognizing that these delightful creations have the potential to bring joy to you and others for years to come.


Ideas on what to do with these sloth pictures:

You could buy some simple frames, have the images printed out onto a quality card stock at a local printing company, color them as well as you can, and they could be added to your homes decor.

You could print out the images and bind them, pair them with some nice colored pencils or an art set, which could be a distinctive gift concept for any occasion, especially for those who have a passion for coloring. It's a thoughtful way to brighten someone's day, or simply to bring joy whenever the need arises.

They can also double as a source of inspiration or as templates for crafting intricate fine-line tattoos.

These free sloth coloring pictures can also be used as embroidery patterns by simply using transfer sheets.

Naturally, you also have the choice to just print them out and enjoy endless hours of fun by coloring them as many times as you wish.

*The instructions, primarily designed for iPhone users with HP printers to achieve the highest print quality, can also be similarly applied to a wide range of other devices.

** Whenever possible, it's advised to utilize the "fit to page" feature before printing to ensure the the entire image makes it onto your printed coloring page.

*** This website uses an image optimization technique for the provided sample illustrations. While this optimization enhances page loading speed, there is a slight compromise in terms of image quality. For optimal results, we recommend downloading and directly using the included PDF file. The sample image serves as a general visual preview since navigating through an entire PDF may present challenges on certain devices, potentially limiting the ability to view the complete image in a single screenshot.

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Coloring tips

Coloring a picture of a sloth can be a delightful and creative experience. Here are some of my best tips and tricks to make your sloth-themed artwork really come to life:

  • Select the Right Materials: Choose high-quality coloring materials like colored pencils, markers, or watercolors for a more vibrant and precise finish. Consider using a variety of shades within each color to add depth and dimension to your sloth.
  • Reference Images: Look at reference images of real sloths to get a sense of their natural colors and markings. This will help you create a more realistic depiction.
  • Start with the Eyes: Begin by coloring the sloth’s eyes. They are often a deep brown or black. Adding a glossy highlight in the corner of the eye can make it appear more lifelike.
  • Work from the Inside Out: Start coloring from the central part of the sloth’s body and work your way outwards. This helps prevent smudging.
  • Fur Texture: Sloths have coarse fur with a unique texture. To mimic this, make short, light strokes with your coloring tools, going in the direction of the fur growth. Use varying shades of brown and gray for a realistic effect.
  • Color Variations: Sloths can have various coloration, from pale beige to dark brown, depending on the species. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different shades to capture the desired look.
  • Algae and Moss: If your coloring page depicts a sloth in a tree, consider adding green or blue hues to the fur to mimic the appearance of algae or moss that might grow on them.
  • Background: Consider adding a background that complements the sloth’s natural habitat, like a lush rainforest or a canopy of trees.
  • Blending Techniques: Experiment with blending techniques to create smooth transitions between colors. Blending pencils or blending stumps can be helpful for this.
  • Add Shadows and Highlights: Create depth by adding shadows in areas where light would be obstructed, like under the sloth’s body or in creases of the fur. Add highlights to the fur using a white or light gray pencil or marker to simulate the reflection of light on the fur.
  • Take Your Time: Sloths are known for their slow pace, and your coloring should reflect that. Don’t rush; take your time to add details and layers to your artwork.
  • Practice Patience: Coloring can be a meditative activity. Embrace the process and enjoy the journey, one stroke at a time.
  • Experiment with Backgrounds and Details: Consider adding branches, leaves, or other elements to the picture to create a more dynamic scene.
  • Protect Your Work: If you want to preserve your coloring, consider using a fixative spray to prevent smudging and fading.
  • Share Your Artwork: Don’t forget to share your finished sloth artwork with friends and family or on social media. Sharing your creations can be a source of pride and inspiration for others.

Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to color a sloth, and the most important thing is to have fun and let your creativity flow.

Enjoy the process, and you’ll end up with a beautiful and unique piece of art.

Options For Printing:

Letter S is for sloth writing practice worksheets

*My letter S is for sloth coloring sheet printables have been tailor-made for classroom utilization and, notably, they are the sole printable selections on this page that do not necessitate written authorization for public use.

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Letter S is for sloth coloring page example
Letter S is for sloth coloring page example
Letter S is for sloth worksheet example
Letter S is for sloth worksheet example

Various sloth designs

Cute sloth coloring pages example
Cute sloth coloring pages example
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Baby sloth colouring pages example
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Coloring page sloth baby example
Cool sloth coloring page example
Cool sloth coloring page example
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Coloring pages of a sloth example
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Coloring pages of sloths example
Love sloth colouring page example
Love sloth colouring page example
Coloring pages sloth example
Coloring pages sloth example
Sloth coloring sheets example
Sloth coloring sheets example


What is the color of sloth?

Sloths come in various shades of brown and gray, with their specific coloration depending on the species. The color of a sloth’s fur typically blends in with its natural habitat, such as the rainforests of Central and South America.

Here are some common colors and patterns for different sloth species:

Brown and Gray: Many sloths have a mix of brown and gray fur, which helps them blend in with the trees and foliage in their rainforest homes.

Algae Green: In some cases, sloths may appear to have a greenish tint to their fur due to the growth of algae on their hair. This algae provides camouflage and can give them a slightly greenish hue.

Pale Beige: Some species, like the three-toed sloth, can have a paler beige or light brown fur.

Facial Mask: Two-toed sloths often have distinctive facial markings, including a dark mask around their eyes, which can vary in color from black to brown.

Species Variations: Specific species of sloths, such as the Hoffman’s two-toed sloth or the brown-throated three-toed sloth, may have variations in fur color and markings.

It’s important to note that sloth fur can vary within species, and individuals may have slightly different coloration.

Their fur color and patterns are adaptations that help them survive and thrive in their arboreal (tree-dwelling) environments by providing camouflage from predators.

*I will add more sloth colour / color questions and answers as the questions get sent to me.


In conclusion, sloth coloring pages offer a delightful journey into the captivating world of these gentle and enigmatic creatures.

As we’ve explored the many facets of sloths, from their slow-paced lifestyles to their unique fur textures and their vital role in our ecosystems, it becomes clear that coloring these endearing animals isn’t just a creative endeavor; it’s a chance to connect with the natural world.

Whether you’re a seasoned artist seeking a tranquil escape or a curious learner on a quest for knowledge, coloring pages of sloths provides the perfect canvas for both relaxation and education.

So, as you pick up your coloring tools and bring these charming animals to life, remember that each stroke of color is a tribute to the beauty and wonder of the animal kingdom.

Embrace the leisurely pace of the sloth, savor the artistic process, and let your imagination soar among the treetops of creativity.

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Check out my other free printables

  • To see all of my free printables, go here.
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  • All of my animals coloring pages are found here.
  • Or, my other mammals coloring pages can be found here.

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