What Do Giant Pandas Look Like?

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Giant pandas have a large black-and-white body with a white face and torso and black eye patches, ears, muzzle, legs and shoulders. Some scientists believe their coloration provides camouflage in their natural habitat.

Wild giant pandas only live in China, in a few remote, mountainous regions in the central provinces of Gansu, Shaanxi and Sichuan. They make their homes in forests that have a dense underlayer of bamboo.

Although many people consider these pandas to be cute, they are still bears and can be dangerous. Giant pandas are 2 to 3 feet tall standing on all four legs and can be 4 to 6 feet long. Male pandas may weigh up to 250 pounds and females about 220 pounds.

Wild giant pandas almost exclusively eat bamboo. They consume a small amount of other grasses and occasionally eat musk deer fawns or small rodents.