Wildlife Facts

Arctic Fox

Located at 57 ° latitude, -92° longitude.

Characteristics

The Arctic Fox (Alopex Lagopus) has a gray or blue coat in the summer and a thick, warm white coat in the winter, which makes it well suited for life in the arctic. Its foot pads are also densely furred so that the animal can travel on the snow and ice hunting for prey.

Food

The Arctic Fox feeds on caribou, lemmings, voles, squirrels, birds, bird eggs, berries, fish and carrion. In the winter, the fox will follow polar bears to eat what they leave behind. The Arctic Fox has to be careful not to become the polar bear's lunch. Fortunately, it is camouflaged by its white coat, which makes it hard to spot in the snow.

Habitat

The Arctic Fox burrows into the ground or snow for protection from the cold. It will create a store of food over the summer months and freezes it in the permafrost. Pups are born in dens every spring. The female fox has a litter of 6-12 and the family will stay together through the summer. The male fox brings food for the family and guards the den.

A great video about the Arctic Fox, with a list of other videos.


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