Arctic Fox

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Design

Since the arctic fox inhabits the tundra, it possesses a fine undercoat that is thick and dense, and small ears to save body heat. This undercoat insulates its body from the freezing temperatures of the region. The arctic fox has two color phases: white and a bluish gray. The white phase is brown to brownish-gray in the summer and almost pure white in the winter. The blue phase is chocolate brown in the summer and lighter brown tinged with a blue sheen in the winter.

Features

  • The arctic fox is also known as the polar fox or the white fox.
  • The arctic fox is distinctive because of its furred paws. It has short legs, a short muzzle, and short ears.

Fun Facts

  • Generations of foxes may use the same dens.
  • The arctic fox has the most offspring in a litter, up to 25 at one time. That’s the largest litter size of all carnivores.

Created Kind Members

Jackal, wolf, dingo, coyote, domesticated dog

CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)

ORDER: Carnivora (meat-eating)

FAMILY: Canidae (dog kind)

GENUS/SPECIES: Alopex lagopus

Size: Average 43 in (1.1 m)

Weight: 6–10 lbs (2.7–4.5 kg)

Original Diet: Plants

Present Diet: Prefers small mammals, but will also eat vegetation

and dead animals

Habitat: Arctic tundra in both Old and New World