Kingdom Animalia: All are multicellular, heterotrophs, all animals can move.
Phylum Chordata: Have bilateral symmetry and a digestive system chordates have a notochord (a rod that extends when the body is fully developed)
Sub phylum Vertebrata: A backbone that runs from head to tail, the vertebrae replace the notochord by "stiffening" the notochord, fishes reptiles, etc. have them
Class Mammalia: All of these animals have hair and produce milk
Order Carnivora: These animals have teeth specifically for eating meat. They have diverse food habits. Carnivores are flesh eating animals.
Family Ursidae: This group is bears and usually large mammals.
Species: Melursus ursinus
This is a sloth bear in it's natural habitat.
This is a mother sloth bear with a cub.
Sloth bear map
Sloth bears live mainly in India and and Nepal.
Weight: On average, 275-330 pounds
Length: 1.5 to 1.9 m
Height: On average up to 6 ft. (depending on gender)
Color: The sloth bears main color is a black/brown to help blend in with the trees of the rain forest
Natural Range: You will find sloth bears around India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka
Diet: Sloths mainly eat Termites and larvae.
Habitat Description: You will find sloth bears mainly in tropical areas.
Predators: Leopards and Tigers are Sloth bear's main predators.
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