The scientific name for the black bear is Ursus Americanus. American black bears can be found all across North America, from Alaska down to Mexico.
Black bears are covered in thick black hair and have round ears, long snouts and short tails. Males are referred to as boars and can reach a weight of up to 300 pounds. Females are called sows and only grow to be between 100 and 175 pounds. After they reach sexual maturity, females mate every other year and often have twins. The black bear diet consists of small mammals, grasses, flowers, fruit, grubs and insects.Learn More
The scientific name for the grizzly bear is Ursus arctos horribilis. The grizzly was classified and named in 1815 and is inclusive of any North American subspecies of the brown bear.Full Answer >
The scientific classification of the polar bear is in the kingdom Animalia, phylum Chordata, class Mammalia, order Carnivora, family Ursidae, genus Ursus and species maritimus. The polar bear's binomial name is Ursus maritimus, determined by the English explorer Constantine Phipps in 1774.Full Answer >
A true albino black bear has pink eyes and a pink nose and is quite rare. However, some residents of three distinct populations of black bears in Canada display a totally white coat but still retain the brown eyes and nose.Full Answer >
Black bears can live up to 30 years, though their average lifespan is only 10 years. The discrepancy is due to interactions with humans, as 90 percent of adult black bear deaths are due to gunfire, traps or vehicular accidents.Full Answer >