Arctic Fox

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Main Facts

Type: Mammal

Diet: Carnivore

Size (L): 70cm - 110cm

Weight: 1.4kg - 9.4kg

Top Speed: 45km/h

Life Span: 7 - 10 years

Lyfestyle: Solitary

Conservation Status: Least Concern

About Arctic Fox

The Arctic Fox (also known as the white fox, polar fox, or snow fox) is a small white fox native to the Arctic regions. It is well adapted to living in cold places - it has a deep thick fur which is brown in summer and white in winter.

The Arctic fox preys on any small creatures such as: lemming, mouse, ringed seal pups, fish. It also eats carrion, berries, seaweed, insects. Arctic foxes form pairs during the breeding season and raise their offspring.

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Behavior

The tundra is not an easy place to live. It is cold, rocky, and without much vegetation. Arctic foxes are well adapted to their homes, and have a niche where they can hide.

One of the most interesting behaviors of Arctic foxes is how they hunt. They have incredible hearing ears, which allow them to locate the position of their prey. When the Arctic fox hears its next meal under the snow-pack, it leaps into the air and pounces, breaking through the layer of snow right onto the prey beneath.

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HUNTING

The Arctic fox was impacted by the fur trade because of its high quality pelt. It's still hunted now for its fur. The fur trade has decreased and the Arctic fox is not as rare as it once was.

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