Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox

Beautiful in all white, the arctic fox blends well with the environment it’s named after. With an average head-and-body length of only 22 inches, and a typical weight of only 7 lbs., the arctic fox is a small species. The red fox is twice the size of the arctic fox and is one of its predators. With an average life expectancy of only 1 year in the wild, nature has provided for the arctic fox since a female can give birth to and successfully rear as many as 25 pups at a time when the food supply is plentiful. In a lean year, though, she may not reproduce at all. 

The Arctic Fox: This 3.5-minute video shows an arctic fox hunting in winter. Here’s a 3-minute video of an arctic fox surviving near an oil-drilling facility.

FunFacts about the Arctic Fox: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus), also 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. It is well adapted to living in cold environments, and is best known for its thick, warm fur that is also used as camouflage. In the wild, most individuals do not live past their first year but some exceptional ones survive up to 11 years. Its body length ranges from 46 to 68 cm (18 to 27 in), with a generally rounded body shape to minimize the escape of body heat. (Source)
  • The diet of the arctic fox includes voles, fish, lemmings, waterfowl, seabirds, ringed seal pups, berries, insects, seaweed and carrion. 
  • Arctic foxes are monogamous.
  • Both male and female raise the young together.
  • Arctic foxes live in underground dens where the young are raised.
  • Predators of the arctic fox are polar bears, grizzly bears, golden eagles, red foxes and wolverines.
  • Arctic foxes stay warm by avoiding the wind, staying inside their dens, and curling up into tight balls. They also increase their body weight by as much as 50% in the autumn to help insulate against the winter cold.
  • Arctic foxes do not hibernate.
  • When lemmings are abundant, the white fox can give birth to as many as 25 pups. With a life expectancy of only 1 year and with so many predators, nature has given the arctic fox the largest litter size in the order Carnivora.

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27 thoughts on “Arctic Fox

  1. The arctic fox is so beautiful. I didn’t realize how much smaller they are compared to red foxes; 7 pounds seems so light!

  2. Merry Christmas to you Caris and your family. Loved the pictures and they are so beautiful, especially the light gray ones. So sad the short life span they have but that’s nature.

  3. What beautiful creatures. Although their colors may vary a bit, the shape of their faces remains the same.

    Fort Myers, Florida

  4. They are a very nice looking animal and so little. It is remarkable how many little ones a mother can have in a good year.
    Calgary Alberta Canada

  5. I saw an Artic fox at the North Carolina Zoo.
    I was surprised at how petite it was.
    The white is brilliant, not a washed out shade.
    Unfortunately, there was only one.
    I hope it wasn’t lonely.

  6. The Arctic fox is a beautiful animal. They look so majestic. My favorite is the second to the last picture, white on white. So pretty!

    NY

  7. Wow! We had a little dog who weighed about 7-8 pounds. He was little! It’s hard to fathom that an animal so beautiful is so small. They are certainly a joy to look at.

  8. I love the pictures of the white fox they are pretty and did not that they were a breed of foxees. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas

  9. What beauties. My grandson was getting in his car in NH are got attacked by a rabid fox. They are beautiful but if they come near you beware.

  10. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. I think the foxes are adorable. It’s hard to believe they are only 7 lbs. and up to 25 babies at a time, wowser!

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