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Arctic Fox

1. The mammal I chose to study is:

Vulpes Lagapus

2. The common name of my mammal is:

Arctic Fox

3. The classification of my mammal:

Kingdom: Anamalia


Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Canidae

Genus: Vulpes

Species: Vulpes Lagopus

4. What are some of the animal’s physical adaptations to its environment?

The Arctic fox has very thick and warm fur. These amazing animals live in extremely cold weather and out of every single animal in the world it has the warmest fur of any animal. The Arctic fox also has enough body fat to survive in the coldest places in the World.

5. What are some of the organism’s behavioral adaptations to its environment?

The Arctic Fox lives in snowy areas so it needs to hear everything even under the snow. The Arctic Fox has an amazing sense of hearing. When it hunts it can hear animals under the snow. This helps it catch prey.

6. What is the role of your organism in the food chain? Be specific about role as a producer, consumer or decomposer. If a consumer, then describe the food preferences, like herbivore, carnivore or omnivore.

My animal is a consumer and is a carnivore. The Arctic fox is one of the top animals in the food chain. It has only one predator and that is the Arctic wolf. The Arctic Fox eats Arctics Hares and Snowy Owls.

7. Describe the biome where this organism lives.

The Arctic fox lives in the Tundra. The Tundra is a very cold and the weather is harsh. It covers the whole northern part of the world except for Greenland.

Characteristics of tundra include:

  1. Extremely cold climate

  2. Low biotic diversity

  3. Simple vegetation structure

  4. Limitation of drainage

  5. Short season of growth and reproduction

  6. Energy and nutrients in the form of dead organic material

  7. Large population oscillations

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8. Discuss the status of the species. Is it plentiful, threatened, endangered or extinct?

The Arctic fox is plentiful in the World. There is no concern.

9. How do humans impact your organism? (Hot Tip: Think of the HIPPO dilemma – handout)

The humans impact these foxes because they catch them for fur. But other than that there is not really a big affect.

10. Identify the place(s) on the map where your organism lives. Color in the map accordingly.

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11. Amazing facts:

Mating occurs in early March and early April. Gestation lasts 52 days. Litters average seven pups but may contain as many as 15 pups.

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information = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_fox

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http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/staticfiles/NGS/Shared/StaticFiles/animals/images/primary/arctic-fox.jpg

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ARCTIC FOX By MAX MCEVOY
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THE ARCTIC FOX LIVES IN THE TUNDRA BIOME. IT IS A HARSH WEATHER THERE AND THE FOX HAS TO DEAL WITH VERY HARD CIRCUMSTANCES LIKE NO FOOD FOR A WHILE.

IT HAS TO DEAL WITH HORRIBLE POACHERS THAT KILL THEM FOR THEIR FUR. AND EVEN IF THE POACHERS DON'T KILL THEM THEIR THICK FUR PROTECTS THEM FROM THE COLD AND WITHOUT IT THEY WILL DIE. IT IS REALLY HORRIBLE BECAUSE THE FOXES LOSE THEIR LIFE AND ALL YOU GET IS A SILLY LITTLE FUR COAT.

SO TO KEEP PROTECTING THEM FROM THE POACHERS WE MUST TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO NOT TO BUY ANY FUR FROM UNKNOWN ANIMALS. PLEASE, THEY NEED YOU!


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