The only natural predators of adult arctic foxes are humans, polar bears and packs of wolves. Arctic fox cubs are more vulnerable, and their natural predators include large birds of prey that live in the same habitat, such as snowy owls.Know More
Adult arctic foxes are usually between 28 and 41 inches in length. They weigh between 3 and 21 pounds, making them one of the larger carnivores in their environment. As of 2014, they live in the tundra and coastal areas of Alaska but are also found in Northern Canada, Europe and the Aleutian Islands. They primarily prey on lemmings but also eat eggs, insects, small birds and berries. They are able to survive in freezing environments because of their thick fur and small, compact bodies, which are easier to keep warm.
There are two types of arctic foxes, each with fur color that changes based on the season. Blue arctic foxes are dark gray in the summer and almost look brown. In the winter, their fur is blue-gray. White arctic foxes are brown and gray in the summer but white in the winter. White arctic foxes are more common in the tundra, and their white fur provides natural camouflage in the winter.Learn more about Mammals
Predators of the fox vary by its range; in North America, the fox often falls prey to coyotes, cougars, lynxes, bobcats, wolves, panthers and even eagles and other raptors. One of the main predators of the fox is man, including hunters who kill them for sport or for their coats and farmers who shoot them as nuisance animals.Full Answer >
Arctic wolves are generally safe from predators because they live in harsh conditions in which few other mammals can survive, but sometimes polar bears prey on them. Other arctic wolves occasionally pose a threat when rival packs kill during a fight for food, territory or mating rights. Young wolf pups may be eaten by other animals if the pups wander away from the den or the pack.Full Answer >
Foxes typically sleep in dens, especially when they have their young. There are exceptions of course, as some males will sleep in the open when it is mating season.Full Answer >
Flying foxes, which are actually bats, live in Australia. Little red flying foxes are found in most parts of that country, except the central and southern sections. Grey flying foxes make their homes in the Northeast.Full Answer >