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The Arctic Fox Changes With the Seasons

by Kayla Hollis, age 12

Most living creatures are unable to survive in freezing cold weather. However the Arctic fox, has the ability to live in temperatures below -94 Fahrenheit.

In the summer, the Arctic fox is hard to spot because its fur turns to a brownish color. During the winter, its coat turns white and blends in with the snow. This ability to blend in is useful when stalking prey. Not only is its coat a good disguise, but it also helps keep it warm.

The appearance of the Arctic fox is very similar to the red fox. But the Arctic fox is smaller in size, and has smaller ears in proportion with its body. Its small, short head, along with its soft, fur-lined paws help keep its body heat in. Its paws are also good for gripping, and are spread wide to stop the fox from sinking in soft snow. The Arctic fox has a short but thick tail. On cold nights, the fox wraps its tail around its legs and feet for extra insulation. The ears of the fox are small, but lined with fur for body heat.

Normally the Arctic fox eats birds, rodents, eggs, and mammals. It is found in polar regions such as the mainland of North America and Northern Scandinavia, near the North Pole.

The Arctic fox may look like many other foxes and wolves, but its unique quality’s make it stand out. This fox is one of the most commonly seen Arctic animals.

[Source: The Encyclopedia of Animals]

Great article Kayla! It's amazing how animals have adapted to live in extreme environments. – BenMadison (2016-05-04 19:35)
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