Scientific Name: Vulpes lagopus


Habitat & Range
As its name suggests, the Arctic Fox can be found in the tundra habitats of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Russia, Scandinavia, and Iceland. They inhabit flat, stark lands that are frozen most of the year and build their homes inside burrows dug into the ground.

Name: KODIAK (male)
Born: 05/20/2016
Arrived at EPZ: 07/20/2016

This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.
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The Arctic fox has thick fur all over their body, even on the bottoms of its paws. Arctic foxes are usually between 18 and 26 inches long, with a 13-inch tail. They can weigh between 6 and 26 pounds. They have short, pointed ears, short legs, and a short muzzle. Arctic foxes fur changes with the seasons. During winter, their coloring can range from a white to a blue color to help them blend in with the ice and snow. In the spring, they shed their winter fur to reveal a new gray or brown coat of fur.

Arctic foxes are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and meat. Since plant life is scarce in the tundra, they eat mostly lemmings, voles, squirrels, small birds, eggs, fish, and seal pups. They eat berries when they are available.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Arctic foxes monogamous pairs during their breeding season. They typically breed during April and May. Gestation lasts around 52 days. Litter size ranges from 5 to 8 pups.

Arctic foxes live between 3 and 6 years in the wild and up to 10 years in captivity.

Fantastic Fact
What big ears you have...
Arctic foxes have an excellent sense of hearing and smell. They can locate the exact location of their prey under the snow and can pounce through the snow to catch their prey.

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