July 31st, 2015 | By Prisca Campbell | Filed in Uncategorized, Wildlife
Photo: R J Sauer
Undoubtedly, the Arctic is not an easy place to survive with its deep-winter frigid temperatures and seemingly barren landscape. Arctic foxes are extremely well-adapted to the harsh environment. They have thick fur which enables them to maintain a consistent body temperature and provides excellent insulation. Their paws have fur on the soles, adding extra protection against the frozen ground and helping them walk on ice. Their noticeably bushy tail is useful as a warm cover. Arctic foxes also have a very compact body shape, with small ears and a short muzzle and legs which minimizes the surface area exposed to winter air.
Arctic Foxes: Excellent Hunters
Arctic foxes are extremely well- known for their hunting style. They use their outstanding hearing to pinpoint small animals moving under the snow, pouncing until they catch their prey. Another advantage for Arctic foxes is that their fur changes colours with the seasons. In the winter, their white fur helps them blend into snowy surroundings while their greyish brown fur is similar to the environment during the summer months. When hunting tactics fail, cheeky Arctic foxes have been known to follow in the footsteps of the premier predator, the polar bear, and feed on leftover scraps.
- The Arctic fox has the warmest pelt of any animal in the Arctic, enduring temperatures as low as -50°C
- They are carnivores and scavengers
- Arctic foxes live in underground burrows that can have up to 100 entrances and have likely been used by numerous prior generations
- Females tend to be smaller than males
- Arctic foxes are monogamous animals and have one mate for life
- They don’t hibernate and are active year- round
- The Arctic fox’s approximate lifespan is three to six years in the wild
Check Them Out!
Interested in checking out the Arctic foxes? Arctic Kingdom offers various trips that allow you to see these stunning creatures including: Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Safari
where you go on guided hikes of the tundra. Keep your eye open for the clowns of the tundra.
Author: Mandy Ams