Arctic Fox

Vulpes lagopus

IUCN Red List status: Least Concern

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Least Concern


Where they live

Northern Hemisphere


Arctic regions


25 - 30 cm


Male: 3.2 – 9.4 kg (Adult), Female: 1.4 – 3.2 kg (Adult


3 - 6 years in the wild

Did you know...

  • Arctic foxes have beautiful white (sometimes blue-grey) coats that act as very effective winter camouflage.
  • The natural hues allow the animal to blend into the tundra’s ubiquitous snow and ice.
  • When the seasons change, the fox’s coat turns as well, adopting a brown or grey appearance that provides cover among the summer tundra’s rocks and plants.

More about Arctic foxes...

Arctic foxes are very hardy animals and can survive Arctic temperatures as low as 58°F in the treeless lands.

Arctic Foxes have furry soles, short ears, a short muzzle and thick fur — all of which help to minimize heat loss.

Thick brush-like tails, similar to a cat’s, help them to balance and are also useful for keeping them warm during the coldest times of the year.

Arctic foxes live in burrows, and in a blizzard they may tunnel into the snow to create a shelter.

In the wild, burrows can spread over 500 square feet and have around 100 entrances.

Female arctic foxes give birth each spring to a large litter, sometimes of up to 14 pups!

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