Cute Exotic Pet – Arctic Fox

The Arctic Foxalso known as the White Fox, Polar Fox or Snow Fox, is a small fox native to Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and is common throughout the Arctic tundra biome. The Greek word alopex,means a fox and Vulpes is the Latin version. Lagopus is derived from Ancient Greek lago, “foot” and refers to the hair on its feet. Although it is often assigned to its own genus Alopex, Mammal Species of the World, as well as genetic evidence places it in Vulpes with the majority of the other foxes.

The Arctic Fox will generally eat any meat it can find, including lemmings, Arctic Hare, eggs, and carrion. Lemmings are the most common prey. A family of foxes can eat dozens of lemmings each day. During April and May the Arctic Fox also preys on Ringed Seal pups when the young animals are confined to a snow den and are relatively helpless. Fish beneath the ice are also part of its diet. If there is an overabundance of food hunted, the Arctic Fox will bury what the family cannot eat. When its normal prey is scarce, the Arctic Fox scavenges the leftovers and even feces of larger predators, such as the polar bear, even though the bears’ prey includes the Arctic Fox itself.


  1. says

    I have heard that keeping a nice distance form wild animals is really a good idea and especially from foxes. By the way these little ones aren’t that harmful and they look much cutter. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  2. says

    Very nice shots! I am glad you posted them and i hope to some day get the opportunity to experience being in the presence of these magnificent creatures!