How Do Polar Bears Camouflage?

How Do Polar Bears Camouflage?
••• lillitve/iStock/GettyImages

Fur Color

Polar bears are covered with white fur. Their fur does not change color like a chameleon's skin; however, since they live in a snowy zone they are always surrounded by the color white. They do not need to adapt to different color backgrounds like a chameleon does.

Hiding in Water

Although polar bears do not generally like to swim, they will wade into the water to hunt seal if they are looking for food. Often they will put their paw over their nose and mouth so they won't be seen by the seal.

Not all white

A polar bear's outer layer is made up of white fur, in order to hide them better in the snow. Under their fur, however, they have black skin and a layer of fat. This helps keep them warm in the cold Arctic snow. So, between their skin and fat to insulate their bodies and their white fur to camouflage them, polar bears are well suited to their environment.

Related Articles

Places Where Owls Live
White Spiders in Florida
Test Your Knowledge on Middle School Science
How to Distinguish a Male & Female Robin
Places Where Owls Live
Fun Facts for Kids About Beluga Whales
How to Separate Blue Food Coloring From Water
How to Find the Cross Sectional Area of a Pipe
Physical Characteristics of Seals
How to Neutralize Food Coloring in Water
How to Change Mixed Numbers Into Improper Fractions
302 Vs. 304 Stainless Steel
How to Make Easy Dry Ice
How Do Manatees Protect Themselves?
Why Mineral Oil & Water Don't Mix
How to Calculate a Circular Area
How to Calculate the Volume and Circumference of a...
How to Figure Survey Percentages
Life Cycle of a Peacock
What Is the Natural Habitat of Camels?