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Arctic fox

Alopex Lagopus

The smallest member of the canidae family in Québec!
Arctic fox
Small ears somewhat short and rounded
Fur coloration varying from black to white depending on the season
Adults weigh between 2.5 and 4 kg
Short snout
Fact sheet
An animal perfectly adapted to polar climates!
arctic foxes in winter
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During the winter I can often be seen lying in the snow, covering my snout and legs with my long, bushy tail, as if it were a scarf. I only use a shelter (hole in the snow or den) during heavy storms. I only start shivering at -50 degrees Celsius!
Masters of camouflage !
arctic fox
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Usually, my coat is white in winter and dark brown in summer, to ensure I am well camouflaged all year long. But I am sometimes bluish-gray, especially when I live near the coast where there little or no ice during the winter months.
A brood that requires a lot of attention!
young arctic fox
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My little ones are voracious! We must hunt day and night to feed them. Once weaned each eats 3 to 10 lemmings a day. As I can have up to 11 mouths to feed for 15 weeks, that's nearly 4,000 lemmings for the whole family.
Where can Arctic fox be found?
Arctic fox
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In the arctic tundra, from the edge of the tree line to the ice shelf, especially along the coast!
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The impact of climate change

With global warming arctic fox now share their territory with a close cousin, the red fox, creating competition for food and territory.

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