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Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox with its winter coat
Arctic Fox with its winter coat


Arctic Fox with its summer coat
Arctic Fox with its summer coat


Arctic Fox Range Map (Alaska, N Canada, Greenland, N Europe & N Asia)
Arctic Fox Range Map (Alaska, N Canada, Greenland, N Europe & N Asia)
Latin Name Alopex lagopus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Alaska, N Canada, Greenland, N Europe & N Asia
Colour White or Grey/Brown
Length 53 - 55 cms (21 - 22 inches)
Tail Approx. 30 cms (12 inches)
Weight Approx. 4 Kgs (8.75 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 10 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Arctic Foxes are a small species of fox. They have a body length between 53 and 55 cms (21 - 22 inches), a tail length of approximately 30 cms (12 inches) and they weigh in the region of 4 kgs (8.75 lbs).

Habitat

Arctic Foxes can be found on tundra in Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, northern Europe and northern Asia.

Diet

Arctic Foxes are omnivores and they mainly feed on lemmings, arctic hare, birds, eggs, seeds, berries and carrion.

Breeding

After a gestation period of 49 - 56 days, Arctic Foxes give birth to 4 - 11 young. Both parents help to raise the young and they are weaned at 1 - 2 months old.

Arctic Foxes reach sexual maturity at 10 months old.

Predators

Predators of Arctic Foxes include polar bears, wolves and eagles.

Subspecies

Subspecies of the Arctic Fox include:

Bering Islands Arctic Fox
(Alopex lagopus beringensis)

Iceland Arctic Fox
(Alopex lagopus fuliginosus)

Pribilof Islands Arctic Fox
(Alopex lagopus pribilofensis)

Interesting Facts

Arctic Foxes are also known as:
White Fox
Snow Fox

Similar Animals

Red Fox
Fennec Fox
Cape Fox
Kit Fox
Pale Fox
Bengal Fox
Corsac Fox
Rueppell's Fox

 


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