* Threatened or Endangered

Arctic Fox *

 : Alopex lagopus

 : Mammal

 : Northern and western Alaska and Canada, Russia, Scandinavia and Greenland

 : Small mammals including lemmings, hares and voles and carrion

 : Weight 6 to 10 lbs.

 : Least Concern


• The arctic fox is common in most of its range except in Norway, Sweden, and Finland where the total population numbers just a few hundred or less.

• This small fox is well suited for life in the frozen north. o It has rounded, well-protected ears.

     o Thick fur covers its body, including the bottoms of its feet.

     o A special heat transfer system also helps to keep it warm.

     o They don’t even shiver until it’s at least 97 below zero.

• An excellent sense of hearing enables them to locate rodents that make noise under the snow.

• They pounce to break through the snow to catch the prey.

• They also snatch tidbits from larger prey, when available.