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Adorable I found this adorable fox sleeping in some logs. Arctic fox,Vulpes lagopus,adorable,canada,cute,nature,wildlife,wildlife photography Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

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  1. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "The Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus) lives in some of the most frigid conditions on the planet as it is native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Their coats turn white in the winter, providing the perfect camouflage for life in the tundra. On average, they only live for 3-4 years in the wild and are only about the size of a domestic house cat!

    So, how do these tiny balls of fluff survive in this extreme climate? Arctic foxes have several adaptations such as round, compact bodies that minimize surface area and short ears, muzzles, and legs, which conserve heat. Their defining feature is their multi-layered, thick fur, which helps them maintain a consistent body temperature. They have the warmest fur of any Arctic animal and can endure temperatures as low as -58 degrees Celsius! Amazingly, they can stand on ice without feeling any pain or having the tissues in their feet freeze. Their bodies manage this 'feet feat' by increasing vasodilation and blood flow to capillaries on the surface of their foot pads. They can actually maintain the temperature of their paws independently from their core body temperature. Plus, they have fur on their paw pads, which further helps them walk comfortably across the snowy landscape. They sleep curled up like a ball with their bushy tails acting as a blanket. If conditions get too cold, they will seek shelter in deep burrows and alter their metabolic rate in order to conserve heat.

    Arctic foxes will eat nearly anything — voles, lemmings, birds, hares, eggs, fish, squirrels, berries, insects, carrion, and vegetation. When food is scarce, they follow polar bears and eat their leftover scraps. They have incredible hearing and can locate the precise position of prey beneath the snow. Once they have located their prey, they leap into the air and punch down through the snow to catch their victim beneath! This impressive pouncing technique is called "moussing". {Spotted in Canada by JungleDragon user, Pamswildimages} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 3 months ago
  2. Wow, when I saw this picture I just assumed that it was in a zoo - was this really in the wild? I am impressed - great picture. Posted 3 months ago

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The arctic fox , also known as the white fox, polar fox, or snow fox, is a small fox native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and is common throughout the Arctic tundra biome. It is well adapted to living in cold environments. It has a deep thick fur which is brown in summer and white in winter. It averages in size at about 85.3 cm in body length, with a generally rounded body shape to minimize the escape of body heat.

They prey on any small animals they can find,.. more

Similar species: Carnivorans
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Uploaded Dec 2, 2015. Captured Nov 22, 2015 16:54.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • f/7.1
  • 1/664s
  • ISO640
  • 600mm