Arctic Fox

Vulpes Lagopus

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Domain: Arctic Tundra Biome

Kingdom:Animalia

Phylum:Chordata

Class:Mammalia

Order:Cornivora

Family:Canidae

Genus:Vulpes

Species:V. Lagopus

ECOLOGY

The arctic fox lives in the tundra biome.The tundra biome has little vegitation and it is very cold so the arctic fox has a deep, thick fur. The tundra has less animals than other places so the arctic fox usualy hunts small mamals.The fox has a round shape body,short muzzle and legs,and short thick ears. Its furry paws allow it to walk on ice in search of food. The Arctic Fox has such keen hearing that it can precisely locate the position of prey under the snow.When it finds prey, it pounces and punches through the snow to catch its victim.

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 monogamous pairs in the breeding season. Litters are born in the early summer and 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.

REPRODUCTIVE

Arctic foxes form monogamous pairs that are life long or sequential. This is likely a result of male distribution, as females are widely scattered enough to make it impossible for a male to guard more than one female at a time. Reproductive success is mostly determined by food avalibility and predictability, and there seem to be two divergent strategies.






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