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Sloth Bear

Melursus ursinus

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Average size: 5-6 feet long and 2-3 feet at the shoulder.  Their weights range from 120-310 lbs.

Average lifespan: Up to 20 years.

Sloth Bears typically live in India and Sri Lanka.

 

Habitat description: They live in dry and wet forests and also in some grass lands.

Behavior: They are typically nocturnal and solitary animals.  Their main food sources come from different fruits, ants, termites, and many other types of insects. 

Sloth bears are considered to be threatened due to loss in habitat, poaching, and killing them as a nuisance.

Sloth Bears can close their nostrils for when they are raiding termite and ant hills.  They have a gap in their teeth to suck up the insects.  Sloth Bears are the only type of bear to carry their young on their backs.  They have a docile nature and can even be tamed.