Arctic Fox

By R.O.

Description

  • average length is 85.3 cm with range of 80 to 110 cm
  • short, heavily furred and rounded ears
  • females give birth up to 25 cubs
  • rarely live for more than few years in harsh climate
  • develops a layer of insulating fat and fur on bottom of paws


Food Chain and Habitat

  • live at outer edges of Greenland and other places
  • search and hunt for ringed seal pups, voles, lemmings, fish, bird eggs
  • carrion, berries, seaweed are other foods they eat
  • treeless tundras of Europe, Asia and other places are where they live
  • are native to cold arctic regions of Northern Hemispere

Adaptations

  • short, heavily furred, and rounded ears to limit dispersal of heat
  • in summer, fur changes color into reddish brown
  • give birth to up to 25 cubs per year
  • most cubs do not survive for 6 months or more
  • can be active at temperatures of around -50 degrees celsius

Reasons for Endangerment

  • climate change and global warming
  • people kill arctic foxes because of fur
  • arctic foxes have trouble finding food and they die
  • arctic foxes get killed easily because of their curiosity
  • ice is melting and dying from the heat