Arctic foxes have several adaptations that allow them to survive. Their round, compact bodies minimize surface area that is exposed to the cold air. Their muzzle, ears, and legs are short, which also conserves heat.
What are some fun facts about the Arctic fox?
In the winter, they sport fluffy white coats that blend into the snow; in the summer they shed these coats for brownish or grayish, shorter fur that helps them camouflage into bare rocks and dirt. Arctic foxes are opportunistic omnivores and very curious. They will eat almost anything.
How big can an arctic fox grow?
Fully grown arctic foxes weigh from 6 to 10 pounds. They average 43 inches (109 cm) in length including the tail, which is about 15 inches (38 cm) long. Their short legs and body, short ears, and dense winter fur give them a stocky appearance compared to their slightly larger relative, the red fox (Vulpes fulva).
Are Arctic foxes friendly to humans?
Guidelines. Arctic foxes may be inquisitive. Stay quiet and let the animals approach you and not vice versa. Foxes that live near settlements, cabins and camps grow accustomed to humans, and if they are fed, they gradually lose their natural fear.