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Arctic Fox

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You will find the Arctic Fox all over the Arctic tundra. Their small size and white coat of fur help these mammals blend easily into the white snow. The adaptations that the Arctic Fox has mode over the years has allowed it to live in the most extremely cold areas on earth including artic North America, Greenland and Russia.


Latin Name: Alopex lagopus Conservation Status: Least Concern
Distribution: Arctic (Northern Hemisphere) Average Length: 55 cm
Average Weight: 3.5 kg  

The Arctic Fox changes from white or silvery blue to dark grey or brown, from winter to summer. They are also furrier then most other foxes. They have a short, rounded body with short ears and legs, and a very small muzzle. This has come evolved after years of living in cold environments.

The Arctic Fox has a high weight to surface area ratio which allows it to keep its body heat much better than other foxes. This allows it to live under such extreme conditions.

Arctic Foxes will eat just about any prey they come across including hares, lemming and sometimes birds. During the winter months the Arctic Fox often will have trouble finding food. In these cases they may actually follow Polar Bears to eat whatever pieces of food they leave behind.


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