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The Artic Fox lives farther north than any other fox. They are well adapted for the cold harsh weather of the Arctic. The Artic Fox can hunt lemming that they can't see beneath the snow, but if the Artic Fox can't kill enough to eat, it will settle for leftovers from other animals. They normally weigh 6-10 pounds and they are white in the winter and brownish grey in the summer. They stand approximently 12 inches in height.

The Arctic fox will sometimes follow and eat the left overs from the Polar bears and carrion in search of food.

Food Chain

1) Arctic fox <-- Lemming <-- Indian paintbrush flower (in bloom)
2)Arctic fox <--- Reindeer <--- willow tree leaves
The Arctic fox is hunted by humans and Snowy Owls.

The Arctic Fox tends to be active in early September to early May. The gestation periods is 53 days. Litters tend to average 6-7 pups but may be as many as 11. Both the mother and the father help to raise their young. The females leave the family and form their own groups and the males stay with the family.
Foxes tend to form monomagous pairs in the breeding season. Litters of between 4 and 11 kits are born in the early summer. The parents raise the young in a large den . Dens can be complex underground networks, housing many generations of foxes. Young from a previous year's litter may stay with the parents to help rear younger siblings. The cubs are initially brownish; as they become older they turn white. They can walk on ice without freezing because they have thick hair on their paws.
Appearance: There are two sub species of Arctic foxes. The types of foxes are the White fox and the Blue fox in the summer they look alike with greyish brown fur. But in the winter the White fox has a white coat and the Blue fox has a blueish grey coat in winters by the sea coasts. They have small ears to conserve body heat. Newborn Arctic fox pups of both colored phases are covered in short dark velvety brown fur. This fur will eventually get lighter in about 3 weeks. The Arctic fox can weigh up to 43 pounds.

Habitat: The Arctic fox lives in a den, caves or burrows that they dig in the side of a cliff. During winter they often bury into the snow for protection, also Arctic fox kits are born in a den too. Arctic fox baby are called kits.
Food: The Arctic fox eats birds, birds eggs, berries, fish, voles, and squirrels. But it's favorite food is lemmings and polar bear scraps such as seal, or whale meat.
Enemies:Arctic fox enemies are polar bears and the kits enemies is the snowy owl but their biggest enemies are hunters.
Life Cycle: The Arctic fox lives in a den. The den is 6~12 feet long. The Arctic fox has 12 babies at 3 weeks. They go hunting on their own. Many of them die.
Other Facts: The Arctic fox is the only one in the dog family that changes color. The Arctic fox mates for life. The babies are as small as a kitten. A male Arctic fox is called a dog fox. A female Arctic fox is called a vixon. The Arctic fox can travel many miles. The Arctic foxes foot pads are dense with fur so they can move on rough snow, if the Arctic fox family can't find food in the winter the dog fox will let the family kill him and eat him