Sloth Bear Claw Replica measures 2.9 inches. Sloth Bear Claw Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Melursus ursinus is the scientific name. Our precise claw can be used as a teaching tool, museum claw exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor claw.

The sloth bear or Melursus ursinus is a bear species native to the Indian subcontinent. It feeds on fruits, ants and termites. It has also been called “labiated bear” because of its long lower lip and palate used for sucking insects.

Sloth bear muzzles are thick and long, with small jaws and bulbous snouts with wide nostrils. They have long lower lips which can be stretched over the outer edge of their noses, and lack upper incisors, allowing them to suck up large numbers of insects. The premolars and molars are smaller than in other bears, as they do not chew as much vegetation. In adults, the teeth are usually in poor condition, due to the amount of soil they suck up and chew when feeding on insects. The paws are disproportionately large, and have highly developed, sickle-shaped, blunt claws which measure 4 in. in length. Their toe pads are connected by a hairless web. They have the longest tail in the bear family, which can grow to 6 to 7 in. The ears are very large and floppy. The sloth bear is the only bear with long hair on its ears.

Sloth bear fur is completely black (rusty for some specimens), save for a whitish Y- or V-shaped mark on the chest. The coat is long, shaggy, and unkempt and is particularly heavy behind the neck and between the shoulders, forming a mane which can be 12 in. long. The belly and underlegs can be almost bare. Their head and mouth is highly distinct from that of a black bear with a longer, narrower skull shape (particularly the snout), loose-looking, flappier lips and paler muzzle color.

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Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 2.9 in
Sloth Bear Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Ursidae
Subfamily: Ursinae
Genus: Melursus
Species: M. ursinus
Binomial name: Melursus ursinus
Conservation status: Vulnerable


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