Fact or Myth? Do Polar Bears Have Tails?

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The answer is no! This myth may have arisen from the bears’ round ears and furry backside looking like a tail.

Polar bears do not have tails because they need their fur for warmth. That’s why they’re often seen rolling in the snow to keep themselves warm.

The polar bear’s tail is a small, vestigial organ that helps the polar bear absorb heat.

The polar bear has an adaptation called “visceral insulation” with its thick fur and fat layer in order to survive during winter months, where temperatures can drop below freezing point.

Polar bears’ tails are folded because of their thick fur. It helps the polar bears to have efficient insulation from body heat loss.

Bears do not use their tail for any activities, it is merely a useless appendage in the polar bear’s anatomy and physiology that is vestigial by nature.

Polar Bear Tail Facts

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Although they don’t have a tail, polar bears are still very good at swimming. In fact, it’s their second-best method of getting around.

They swim by kicking both back feet and front feet, similar to a dog paddle. Although they don’t have a tail, polar bears can rotate their hind legs to help them turn.

Another fact about polar bears is that they use their fur for warmth. Their fur is so thick that they can walk on ice without getting cold!

This is because each hair has air pockets that trap heat from the bear’s body as well as from the sun and the earth.

The fur also provides an insulating layer against cold temperatures.

Plus, it helps protect them from blizzards and gives them a place to sleep on ice floes without falling through.

Why Do Polar Bears Have Short Tails?

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Short tails and stout bodies can help polar bears conserve energy. Polar bear mothers often give birth to twins, and these babies don’t leave the den until they are ready!

Of course, one way to get them out earlier was by warming their environment up with body heat – even though this extended time at the nest also puts a strain on both mother and young as she works hardest while caring for them.

Their body fat helps them stay warm in arctic temperatures that can dip below -70 degrees Celsius, even when their bodies are not covered by water.

Without this layer of fat and fur, polar bear skin would freeze solid as soon as the air temperature dropped to 0°C (32°F).

Many people do believe that polar bears have no tails, but in reality, it does exist. The arctic climate also plays a significant role in the tail development of arctic animals.

The cub of a bear is usually born with the vestigial tail.

This appendage cannot be seen until the cub reaches 4 – 5 years of age or longer, but it can still be followed by observing its movements and motions from other animals in nature.

Bears have a cub that is born with an unnoticeable tail.

The tails of small cubs and young bears can be seen only when they’re four or five years old, while their sexual maturity is eight to ten years of age.

Why is the Polar Bear Tail so Small?

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Polar bears often show off their round ears and furry backside, which may make it seem like they have a tail.

But really, they don’t! The reason for this is because their fur is there to protect them from the cold weather.

They need their fur to keep warm because they live in an area where it can get very, very cold. If you ever see a polar bear rolling in the snow, you know why!

The goal of the polar bear rolling in the snow with its belly exposed is to expose its black skin to the sun so that when it stands up again, it will be nice and warm.

Polar Bear Tail Size Comparison with Other Bears

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The short tail is a common trait to all bear species, except the giant panda.

It means that they do not have long tails which are used as a flotation device when swimming in the water and can also be used as an aid for balance on land.

Another evidence of their short tail would be the large belly fat that these animals share with other bears (eunuchs).

The tail of the polar bear is approximately 2 inches long.

The tail is about as large as a hand and is used for balance, to keep it from bumping into things such as ice walls or rocks.

Since there are no bones in the tails, they can break easily if run into something too hard, like ice or snowbanks.

Polar bears have a long tail and they are not able to balance themselves with the tail.

There was no advantage for a bear having long-tail millions of years ago but still, this feature has existed in them from time immemorial since there was no need for it at that point of time due to both genetic change and adaptation reasons.

Other Myths About Polar Bears

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Polar bears also do not have noses. The myth may come from the way their large, round ears can make them look like they have a nose poking out of them.

The blood vessel is located in the tail and it is an additional layer of fat.

A full, long-tail would not be a disadvantage for polar bears but when looking at the body size of this animal; its tails are quite small as compared to other animals like giraffes or elephants with their huge hind legs.

A mammal, in general, is an animal that produces milk or secretes milk to nourish its young.

Brown bear is a bear species that live in the polar regions of North America and Eurasia, including arctic Canada and northern Alaska (USA).

It is one of two extant bear species within the genus Ursus, with the other being black bears.

The brown bear inhabits forested areas for most of its life span but will also enter more open habitats if necessary.

In addition to the grizzly, there are nine other subspecies of brown bears recognized by scientists.

The grizzly is the most widespread and has been extirpated from all but eleven wilderness areas in the lower 48 states (of our 50).


The arctic region is the largest region in the northern hemisphere and has a wide range of temperatures from the arctic tundra to the polar desert with an average temperature of -7°c (19°f).

Polar bears are marine mammals that live in arctic regions, where they survive on a diet as their food.

The polar bear is a carnivore that belongs to the order carnivores. It has white hair and patches of skin-colored black.

This mammal can be found on both ice-covered Arctic ocean islands and land, where it feeds mostly on seals, whales, fish, and their eggs as well as other animals such as lemmings or walruses when food availability permits its diet.

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