16 Facts About Arctic fox


Arctic fox, known as the white fox, polar fox, or snow fox, is a small fox native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and common throughout the Arctic tundra biome.

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Natural predators of the Arctic fox are golden eagles, Arctic wolves, polar bears, wolverines, red foxes, and grizzly bears.

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When lemmings are abundant, the white Arctic fox can give birth to 18 pups, but they often do not reproduce when food is scarce.

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Additionally, the Arctic fox is the only canid whose foot pads are covered in fur.

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Arctic fox contains advantageous genes to overcome extreme cold and starvation periods.

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Also, the Arctic fox has a beneficial mechanism in their nose for evaporative cooling like dogs, which keeps the brain cool during the summer and exercise.

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Vulpes lagopus is a 'true Arctic fox' belonging to the genus Vulpes of the Arctic fox tribe Vulpini, which consists of 12 extant species.

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Additionally, the Arctic fox diverged from its sister group, the kit fox, at about 0.

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Origins of the Arctic fox have been described by the "out of Tibet" hypothesis.

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Arctic fox has a circumpolar distribution and occurs in Arctic tundra habitats in northern Europe, northern Asia, and North America.

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The Arctic Fox Center in Suðavik contains an exhibition on the Arctic fox and conducts studies on the influence of tourism on the population.

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Color of the Arctic fox's coat determines where they are most likely to be found.

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Arctic fox has been assessed as least concern on the IUCN Red List since 2004.

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Abundance of the Arctic fox tends to fluctuate in a cycle along with the population of lemmings and voles.

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However, the total population of the Arctic fox must be in the order of several hundred thousand animals.

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Arctic fox is classed as a "prohibited new organism" under New Zealand's Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996, preventing it from being imported into the country.

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