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Arctic Fox 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
Alopex
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Alopex Lagopus
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
70cm - 110cm (28in - 43in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
1.4kg - 9.4kg (3lbs - 21lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
45km/h (30mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
7 - 10 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
White, Black, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Fur
Favourite Food:Lemmings
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Polar forest regions
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
5
Main Prey:Lemmings, Berries, Insects
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Snowy Owl, Wolf, Polar Bear
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Thick fur that changes colour with season

Arctic Fox Location

Map of Arctic Fox Locations

Arctic Fox

The Arctic Fox is a small white fox native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The Arctic fox is commonly found in the colder parts of Canada, Alaska, Northern Asia and Europe. The Arctic fox is also commonly known as the Snow fox or the White fox due to the fact that the Arctic fox has white fur and spends a great deal of time in the cold snow.

The Arctic fox has extremely thick winter fur, which is apparently the warmest fur of all the mammals. The thick fur of the Arctic fox is definitely an essential for the Arctic fox to continue dwelling successfully in the harsh Arctic terrain where temperatures regularly fall below minus 40 degrees Celsius.

The Arctic fox tends to prey on lemmings, hares, reptiles, amphibians and occasionally vulnerable seal pups that are not close to their herd. The Arctic fox makes its den far under the surface of the ground, and can amazingly withstand temperatures of up to minus 50 degrees Celsius.

As with many animals that inhabit the Arctic regions, the fur of the Arctic fox changes colour to adapt to its surroundings accordingly. In the winter, the Arctic fox has thick, white fur which allows the Arctic fox to remain warm and camouflaged in its snowy surroundings. In the summer months, the fur of the Arctic fox changes to a brown colour as there the snow will have melted. This newly coloured brown fur of the Arctic fox, allows the Arctic fox to remain as inconspicuous as possible whilst there is no snow in the Arctic during the summer months.

As one of the larger carnivores in the Arctic Circle, the Arctic fox has few natural predators within it\'s freezing environment. Polar bears, wolf packs and humans are only real predators of the adult Arctic fox, along with large birds of prey such as snowy owls, that primarily prey on the smaller and more vulnerable Arctic fox cubs.

The female Arctic fox gives birth to and raises her cubs in the safety of her den, which is a network of tunnels often underground. After a gestation period of a couple of months, the female Arctic fox gives birth to up to 15 cubs which are born at the start of summer and after being nursed by their mother, are fairly independent by the time the Arctic winter starts again.

Arctic Fox Translations

български език
Полярна лисица
Català
Guineu àrtica
Cesky
Liška polární
Dansk
Polarræv
Deutsch
Polarfuchs
English
Arctic Fox
Esperanto
Arkta vulpo
Español
Alopex lagopus
Eesti
Polaarrebane
Suomi
Naali
Français
Renard polaire
עִבְרִית
שועל שלג
Hrvatski
Arktička lisica
Italiano
Alopex lagopus
日本語
ホッキョクギツネ
Latina
Vulpes lagopus
Nederlands
Poolvos
Norsk
Fjellrev
Polski
Lis polarny
Português
Raposa-do-ártico
Slovenščina
Polarna lisica
Svenska
Fjällräv
Türkçe
Kutup tilkisi
中文
北極狐

Arctic Fox Comments

josh
"I know a fact When an animal hibernates, it isn't as simple as the animal just sleeping for a long time. When an animal sleeps, the animals brain is still active so the animal is able to move around in their sleep and can also wake up quickly. When an animal hibernates, the animals heart rate slows down, the animals body temperature drops as it is exposed to cold surroundings and the animals breathing slows down meaning that the animal takes longer than usual to wake up. The animal spends the months before it hibernates eating lots of food to make sure its body has enough energy to survive the winter. Some animals are in hibernation for the duration of the winter meaning they don't wake up at all, others wake up every few weeks to have a snack and walk about before going back into hibernation."
Anonymous
"I like arctic foxes"
zombielord124
"SO CUTE"
Anonymous
"the facts were really good on the sides"
Anonymous
"this artical gave me a lot of cool info i love.they are also really cute."
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First Published: 15th November 2008, Last Updated: 6th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 15 Nov 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 15 Nov 2008]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 15 Nov 2008]

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