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Arctic Wolf


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The Arctic wolf is found in the most northern parts of the wolf\'s range, in the Arctic Circle. Arctic wolves mainly inhabit Northern Canada and Alaska, parts of Greenland and Iceland and Northern Europe.

Arctic wolves are incredibly versatile and adaptive animals, able to withstand year round sub-zero temperatures. Living in the Arctic Circle, the Arctic wolf spends five out of twelve months in total darkness.

The Arctic wolf hunts lemmings, assorted rodents, and Arctic hare but will take larger prey like caribou when available. When the Arctic wolf wants to hunt musk ox, the pack will gather and work as a team attempt to isolate it from the herd and take it. An adult musk ox is simply too big for one Arctic wolf to try and take on alone.

Although the Arctic wolf is generally smaller in size than the grey wolf, Arctic wolves tend to be bulkier than grey wolves with the male Arctic wolves also growing larger than the female Arctic wolves.

Normally, only the alpha male Arctic wolf and female Arctic wolves breed, but if a pack gets too large it may break up into new smaller packs giving others the opportunity to mate. Due to the Arctic Circle\'s uncompromising permafrost soil and the difficulty it poses for digging dens, Arctic wolves often use rock outcroppings, caves or even shallow depressions as dens instead.

Arctic wolf pups are born in litters of two or three in the months of May and June, meaning that the Arctic wolf pups are born about a month later than the grey wolf pups. Arctic wolves tend to be white with brown irises, unlike most other subspecies of wolves with yellow to amber eyes. White fur gives them camouflage in a snowy environment, and the darker irises give added protection to the eyes in a high glare environment.


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Arctic Wolf Translations

English English
Arctic wolf
 
Spanish Español
Lobo ártico
 
French Français
Loup arctique
 
Danish Dansk
Polarulv
 
German Deutsch
Polarwolf
 
Italian Italiano
Lupo artico
 
Dutch Nederlands
Poolwolf
 
Norwegian Norsk
Arktisk ulv
 
Polish Polski
Wilk polarny
 
Portuguese Português
Lobo Árctico
 

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Arctic Wolf Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Carnivora
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Canidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Canis
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Canus Lupus Arcticus
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Carnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
60cm - 91cm (24in - 36in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
25kg - 40kg (55lbs - 88lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
75km/h (46mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
7 - 10 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Pack
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
White, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Fur
Favourite Food:Deer
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Grass plains and tundra forests
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
4
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Deer, Elk, Moose
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human
Special Features:Thick, warm fur and loud howling noise

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