Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Arctic fox

The Arctic fox (Alopex Lagopus), also known as the white fox, snow fox, blue fox, or polar fox, is a small fox native to the arctic regions of the Northern hemisphere and common throughout the Arctic tundra biome. It is well adapted to living in cold environments. It has a deep thick fur which is brown in the summer and white in the winter. Its 7 subspecies are the Bering, Priblof, Iceland, Greenland, Scandinavian, Siberian, and Medny arctic fox. They are only endangered in the Scandinavian area estimated to be around 120 individuals left. They are also rare or extinct on Medny island off the coast of the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia. Red foxes are twice the size of an arctic fox. The main predator of the arctic fox is the polar bear. They mainly live in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, and Russia. Because the arctic fox is such a rare animal, there are no up to date population estimates for any region, making it difficult to increase its conservation status. For now, they are listed under the category of least concern. It is one of the 3 most common fox species along with the red and fennec. It is also one of the 5 canines you will find in Alaska after the red fox, coyote, gray wolf, and domestic dog. They eat small creatures and scavenge polar bear kills such as seals.

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