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Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox

The Icelandic Wolf

It is believed that the arctic fox took residence in Iceland somewhere near the end of the last ice age. The fox lives on birds, eggs, and all sorts of greens found in Icelandic nature. The arctic fox is a sneaky little animal and not a very common sight. They rely on their coat color to go unnoticed which changes depending on the season. During the wintertime, their coats can range from snowy white to a blue/brownish hue making them blend in with their respectful surroundings. 

Partners For Life

The arctic fox tends to mate for life. Unlike wolfs the arctic fox isn't much of a social animal and does not travel in herds. They spend their lives mostly in solidarity with their partners, while both are still alive. The average litter size of the arctic fox is around 5 whelps, with the largest litter estimated being 25 whelps. The whelps are usually born around mid-may after being carried for about 50 days by the mother. 

Speaking of foxes..

The arctic fox usually weighs around 3 - 5 kilograms, has short ears and a round snout. Their legs are short and therefore if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to outrun the arctic fox, try running uphill! 

It is, however, usually the other way around. The arctic fox population has been carefully monitored over the past decades and hunting them is permitted. Hunting the arctic fox is justified as a necessary action to maintain a healthy population of the species. The arctic fox has been known for sneaking into hens dens and even killing the young lambs which roam free during the summer.