Arctic Fox
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Animalia

Chordata

Mammalia

Carnivora

Canidae

Alopex

lagopus
IUCN Status: Least Concern
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    Located

    The Arctic Fox is circumpolar and can be found throughout the Arctic
    region.  This includes parts of Canada, Russia, Greenland, Iceland
    Scandinavia, Svalbard, and Alaska.

    Diet

    Arctic Foxes' diets consist of small mammals including voles and
    lemmings, as well as on birds and their eggs.  Arctic Foxes are
    opportunistic and will sometimes scavenge on dead carcasses of
    animals, and they are often seen following Polar Bears to feed on the
    leftovers the bears leave behind.  Arctic Foxes will also eat some
    vegetation such as berries.  

    Habitat

    Like many foxes, the Arctic Fox builds a den.  For the Arctic Fox the
    den can sometimes be in a hillside or river bank, and will usually have
    multiple entrances and exits.  The Arctic Fox can be found in arctic or
    alpine tundra.

    Size and Description

    The Arctic Fox measures 3 - 3.5 feet in length from head to tail.  The
    weight of the Arctic Fox can range from 6 - 9 pounds, with females
    being smaller than males.  Like many animals of the tundra, Arctic
    Foxes have special adaptations to help them survive in extremely cold
    climates.  These adaptations include fur on its paws to help keep them
    warm, a thick, dense coat of fur around its body, short ears,  a small
    body, and a large and bushy tail that it uses to curl around its body.  

    Reproduction

    Arctic Foxes' mating season occurs in the spring, and after a gestation
    period of 7 - 8 weeks a female Fox will give birth to an average litter
    size of 6 - 8 kits.  
Notes

  • The Arctic Fox will change coat colors as twice a year.  Two separate forms of coats can occur.  The white
    form will be brown in the summer and in winter will turn almost pure white.  The blue form will be a darker brown
    in the summer but will never turn a pure white in the winter.   
(Alopex lagopus)
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