Brown bears are brown, right? Well, maybe! They come in all sizes and shades, from a light cream color to almost black. Grizzly bears are a type of brown bear, but not all brown bears are grizzlies! Grizzly bears get their name because their fur is brownish next to the skin, but tipped with white or tan.
One thing all brown bears around the world have in common is a hump of muscle on their back between the shoulders. Combined with huge paws and long front clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons., the muscles make these animals powerful diggers. They dig up food like roots, but also sometimes need to dig into a hillside to make a denThe home or dwelling of an animal, usually in the ground, a tree hollow, or a cave..
Brown bears can spend four to six months a year curled deep in sleep in a denThe home or dwelling of an animal, usually in the ground, a tree hollow, or a cave.. This "winter sleep" allows the bears to stay alive for a long period of time when there is little or no food available to them.