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Dashing Through the Snow – The Amazing Arctic Fox!

Canines have been man’s best friend for thousands of years now, and the wild canines of our planet are just as varied and unique as the domestic species we live with. The Arctic Fox is a great example of this, being a fairly unique member of the canine family, well adapted to the cold environment of their natural arctic habitat. These foxes are best known for their warm fur, as it serves the dual purpose of protection from the harsh temperature, and camouflage during the snowy winters.

What do Arctic Foxes like to eat?

The Arctic fox generally prefers to eat meat, however they have been known to enjoy seaweed and berries as well, so they can be considered omnivores. Some of their normal prey includes many rodents, such as voles, lemmings, and more, as well as birds and eggs. Arctic Foxes will often scavenge the carcasses left behind by bigger predators such as wolves and polar bears. When there is a surplus of food the Arctic Fox is known to cache a reserve supply…however when food is scarce, they can sometimes resort to eating their own feces.

Do Arctic Foxes migrate?

These foxes are found in the arctic tundra biome, a habitat where there isn’t much tree growth due to the low temperatures. Arctic foxes are found in the northern hemisphere, generally in countries in Europe, North America, and Asia. They normally do not migrate with the changes of the season, however they will follow migration patterns of prey to keep near their sources of food, and often live as nomads because of this. Arctic Foxes that live near low lemming populations tend to commute more than those that don’t, but most will generally commute in some way during winter. The Arctic Fox also holds the distinction of being the only land mammal native to Iceland.

Can Arctic Foxes swim?

Starvation is a very big cause of death for arctic foxes, and that is usually due to scarce food sources and competition from other predators. Because of this, the arctic fox will travel often and change location to keep with food sources. Their bodies are adapted to traveling through the snow and ice, however these canines are strong swimmers as well like many others in this animal family. Their thick fur helps keep them warm in the arctic waters, and they are overall built for the harshest environments on the planet, so when swimming becomes necessary they will find their way.

Are Arctic Foxes dangerous?

Domestic dogs often make great animal companions – however foxes, like the arctic fox, do not. The sight of a fox can intimidate a lot of people, however while these animals do not make good pets, they are generally not dangerous or aggressive to humans, they would prefer to flee from a human than fight. It has been known that sometimes foxes might attack livestock such as poultry or rabbits, but seeing as the arctic fox is really only found in the arctic tundra they do not interact with humans and livestock that often.

 

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