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Scientific Name Diet Height Weight Life Span
Vulpes lagopus Omnivore 9-12 in (at shoulder) 6-17 lbs  14 years (captive) 6 years (wild)
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Arctic Fox Description

The Arctic fox is known for its thick fur which allows it to survive in its cold environment. The fur saves their paws from the frigid snow and ice as well as maintains their body temperature. The Arctic foxes fur is white in the winter and dark in the summer.

Arctic Fox Diet  

In The Wild: Lemmings, Anything it can scavenge.

In Captivity: Raw meats (preferably not pork), high-quality kibble with taurine, eggs, vegetables, fruits, small prey (mice, chicks).

Arctic Fox Population

In The Wild: Depending upon available food sources, anywhere in the hundred-thousandths. Range consists of the Arctic Tundra, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Russia, Norway, Scandinavia, Iceland.

In Captivity: Slowly increasing as an exotic pet in the states in which it is legal. Check with your individual state regarding legality.

Arctic Fox Behavior

• Wide front-facing ears
• Precise hunters
• Pounce prey under the snow

Due to their wide ears, Arctic’s are precise hunters in their ability to locate their prey beneath the snow. Upon hearing its prey, it will leap from the ground into the air and pounce through the snow to its prey.

Arctic Fox Reproduction

• Mating season ranges from September to May.
• Up to 10 kits per litter, sometimes more.
• Male and female Arctic’s will mate for life and co-parent their litters.

Meeko the pet arctic fox. Owned by Kodi Pfaff.

Nanook the pet shadow arctic fox. Owned by Elizabeth Busch Whitehead.

Nanook the pet shadow arctic fox chasing his tail. Owned by Elizabeth Busch Whitehead.