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Water Bear

About Water Bear

The Water Bear lives mainly in puddles and small freshwater pools. They have barrel shaped bodies and clamber around on eight stubby legs. Water bears, also called tardigrades, feed on the juices of moss and other plants, and sometimes on other animals. Water bears need moisture to stay active but they can curl up and hibernate for up to 25 years if their habitat dries out. When a water bear is in this drought resistant state it is called a tun.