Mammal

Sloth bear

Area: 
India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan
Habitat: 
Wet or dry tropical forests, savannas, scrublands, and grasslands
Food: 
Termites, ants, and fruit
Size: 
4 ½ to 6 feet long; 2 to 3 feet tall at the shoulder
Babies: 
Cubs ride on their mother's back for the first few months.
The sucking sounds a sloth bear makes while eating can be heard 330 feet away.
All Bear, No Sloth

 

 

A sloth bear isn't slow—it can run faster than a human! A sloth bear has long, curved clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. and shaggy fur like a sloth, but that is the only thing they have in common.

 

The bear uses its clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. to climb and dig. It rips apart tree stumps in search of ants and termites. It can also use its flexible snout to move wood and dirt aside.

 

Sloth bears have no front teeth. This allows them to use their mouth like a vacuum. Insects get sucked straight into its mouth and not stuck in teeth. And this bear can close its nostrils to keep insects and dirt out!