Polar bear

Ursus maritimus

Classification


Domain: Eukarya


Animalia-animals


Phylum-chordates


Class-mammals


Order-carnivors


Family-bears


Genus-black bears, brown bears, and polar bear


Species-polar bear

Physical Adaptations

Polar bears have white fur that helps them avoid predators. It helps by blending into the snow and snow is pretty much everywhere. Another physical adaptation is Polar bears have paddle-like paws so they can swim really well for long distances. Also the soles of their feet are furred so they don't slip on ice.

Behavioral Adaptions

Polar bears have some pretty cool behavioral adaptions like, they fight one another for food. That battle for food is tough but its for survival. I think that cubs are really smart because they will run away if encountered by another adult Polar bear that isn't in their family. Just like any other animal, they will stalk their prey. And like all mothers do, of course they feed their babies or cubs. Polar bears actually spend half of their life sleeping, walking, or stalking prey.

General Description

Height: When standing on their hind legs, they are 8 to 11 feet tall, when standing on all four legs, they are 3.5 to 5 feet tall.

Weight: Males can be 775 to 1,200 lbs., while females are about 330 to 650 lbs.

Color: Polar bears fur is white, but as they get older their fur get's yellow.

Natural Range: Polar bears are usually from Antarctica, but there has been some sightings in Greenland.

Diet: In the wild it's Ringed seals, bearded seals, seabirds, fish, vegetation, and carcasses of marine mammals (berries in summer), grass. And at the zoo it's Ringed seals, bearded seals, seabirds, fish, vegetation, and carcasses of marine mammals (berries in summer), grass.

Habitat Description: Polar bears like to live in snow caves

Predators: Humans, Male Polar bears (for cubs), Native people in the arctic

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