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How big is a polar bear’s paw? This really is the size of a polar bear’s paw. One stepped on this t-shirt just to prove it.!
Polar bear paws are perfect for roaming the cold deep Arctic ice and snow. Paws measure up to 12 inches across (31 centimeters) and help with weight distribution when traversing ice. The wide hairy paws act like snowshoes in the cold snowy Arctic landscape.
When polar bears notice the ice is thin, they extend their legs far apart, lowering their bodies to achieve better weight distribution and are able to walk slowly across large ice sheets.Â When hunting seals they are masters at quietly and carefully positioning each paw so as to not scare their prey.Â When swimming theirÂ forepawsÂ act like large paddles andÂ hind pawsÂ are used to guide their bodies much like the rudder of a boat..
Polar bears have a black footpadsÂ on the bottom of each paw which is covered by a small, soft bumps known as a papillae. Together the papillaeÂ can grip the ice and keep the polar bear from slipping.Â Polar bears have large tufts of hair between their toes which also help with grip on ice and snow. Their large claws also help with stability and grip. When walking they tend to sway from side to side and move in a slow lumbering fashion.
Polar bear claws can reach more than 2 inches (5CM) AND ARE VERY STRONG AND HARD. These are used for grip as they walk on ice and snow, and to hold and tear their prey.