The Arctic Fox has Greek and Latin names. The Greek name Alopex lagopus means “fox,” and the Latin name Vulpes lagopus means “hair on feet,” indicating towards the hair found on the foxes paw pads. The Arctic fox is a hypothermic adapted species that was widely distributed during the Pleistocene glaciations.
Why are arctic foxes called Vulpes lagopus?
The arctic fox’s paws are sheathed in dense fur during the winter,unlike other canids and giving it the name ” lagopus” (which means ” the rabbit footed”).
Are Arctic foxes dangerous?
Some animals, such as the arctic fox, arctic dogs and arctic wolves are potential carriers of rabies. Close contact to arctic foxes is potentially dangerous because of rabies. Fox bites can be dangerous to humans.