The arctic fox is most commonly found in the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. They are primarily carnivores, depending on smaller animals such as lemmings for sustenance. They can also hunt sea birds, fish, and other small marine life. Arctic foxes are threatened by wavering rodent populations, which leave them with little to no food.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The arctic fox can survive at temperatures as low as -58 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point its metabolism will increase for warmth. They will only start to shiver once the temperature reaches -94 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Female arctic foxes give birth each spring to a large litter of up to 14 pups.
- The arctic fox has been classified as Least concern by the IUCN.
- The arctic fox's scientific name is Vulpes lagopus.