This spectacular animal is adept at dealing with frigid temperatures and has evolved to live in these conditions. They do start to shiver if the temperature drops below negative 70 degrees Celsius, but this truly creates an understanding for the weather they can withstand. Like their name suggests they live in the arctic and arctic-tundra habitats, including Europe, Northern Asia and America. During the seasonal changes, their fur also changes so they can camouflage themselves throughout the year. So during the winter their fur is fluffy, full and white and throughout the summer it is darker and not as fluffy. They have excellent senses and they can smell and hear prey that is hidden beneath the snow. They are also monogamous, and both the male and female look after the babies. Arctic foxes are very modern!
All arctic animals have something in common, they have all adapted to the harsh climates and their anatomy has become precise at protecting them, from blubber insulation to tusks. It shows how the weather affects the behavior of the animals and really impacts its life. We, as humans get to witness the difference between warm climate animals and cold climate animals and assess the fascinating differences.
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