Polar bears live in one of the planet’s coldest environments and depend on a thick coat of insulated fur, which covers a warming layer of fat. Fur even grows on the bottom of their paws, which protects against cold surfaces and provides a good grip on ice.
What are the characteristics of a polar bear?
- comparatively slim body with long neck.
- narrow head with small eyes and outer ears.
- paddle-like paws with webbed toes.
- short tail (7 to 13 centimetres)
- five short, non-retractable claws.
- body covered with hair, with the exception of the lips, the nose and part of the soles of the feet.
Do polar bears eat penguins?
Polar bears do not eat penguins, since penguins live in the southern hemisphere and polar bears live in the northern hemisphere.
What is the average lifespan of a polar bear?
LIFE CYCLE: Polar bears can live up to 25 or 30 years in the wild.
What animal has the biggest paw?
Polar bears have large paws compared to body size, reaching 30 cm (12 in.) in diameter.
Is polar bear hair white?
Although while polar bears usually look white, their fur isn’t white at all. And their skin is black! Polar bear fur is actually see-through, but it takes on a white color because of its structure. Your hair gets its color from something called pigment.
What is the highest temperature a polar bear can live in?
The warmest areas in summer are inland regions of Siberia, Alaska, and Canada where temperatures can reach as high as 32°C (90°F). The ocean temperatures in the Arctic are about -1.5°C (29°F) in summer.
What is a behavioral adaptation?
Behavioral adaptations are the things organisms do to survive. For example, bird calls and migration are behavioral adaptations. Adaptations are the result of evolution. Evolution is a change in a species over long periods of time. Adaptations usually occur because a gene mutates or changes by accident!