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Polar Bear Description

What Polar Bears Look Like

Polar bears are a very distinguishable bear.  They are very easy to differentiate from other bear species.  When you think of a polar bear, you probably think of an all white bear.  Well you are correct.  Polar bears typically have what we call white fur, however, polar bear fur can range from white to creamy yellow, even to light brown in the summer. Polar bear fur is one of the ways that polar bears stay warm.  Another key factor when thinking of the description of a polar bear would be the massive size that they encompass.  Polar bears are one of the world's largest carnivores.  Male polar bears can weigh up to 2,000 pounds that is close to 800 kilograms.  Male polar bears can measure to nearly 10 feet long, or three meters.  Male polar bears are about twice the size of female polar bears.

Polar bears have adapted to their habitat.  They have short claws, and their claws are very solid.  These claws are best suited for walking on the ice and snow as well as the shore of the Arctic region. Polar bears teeth are sharp and jagged, great for breaking apart the meat of seals.  Their canines are long and very sharp, so that they can pull apart their food.  Polar bears have small and stubby tails and ears.  Polar bears live in the cold, icy north, and therefore, with small body parts, they reduce the risk of heat loss.

  Another key description of the polar bear, is that they have huge feet.  Polar bears need big feet to help them survive in the Arctic.  They use their feet like paddles in the water when they are swimming.  Polar bear feed can also act like snowshoes, when they are walking across the snow. Polar bears are a massive animal; they need the big feet, to spread on the snow to support their weight.  Polar bears can walk on snow that a human would normally break through.  On the pads of a polar bears paw are tiny grippers.  These grippers are tiny growths called papillae.  Papillae increase the friction on the snow and ice making it easier for the polar bear to walk.




Fun Facts About Polar Bears


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Updated November 18, 2009

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