Zoo Zone

February 13, 2002

Chill Seeker

Cold weather can't come soon enough for the Arctic fox. In the coldest parts of their habitat (the Arctic polar region), temperatures remain below freezing for most of the year. To help it survive, the Arctic fox's fur changes from thin and gray to a coat of thick bluish or white fur in winter. This helps the fox stay warm and helps it hide from predators in the snow.

what's for DINNER?

Arctic foxes eat birds, hares, caribou, berries and carrion.

do you KNOW?

Does the Arctic fox shiver?

Answer: The fox is very comfortable in the cold and only starts shivering at minus 70 degrees Celsius.

learn MORE!

Visit the Arctic fox at the Baltimore Zoo.

Read Ice Bear and Little Fox by Jonathan London.

WILD FACTS

1. Arctic foxes have small ears to reduce heat loss.

2. Another heat saver: The Arctic fox has warm, furry feet in winter. Furry feet also help the fox to keep from slipping on snow and ice.

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