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Arctic fox

Vulpes lagopus


This one I found walking in tundra in northern Svalbard. It was sleeping when we met. It was very relaxed and I had lots of time to take photos.


It is common throughout the Arctic tundra biome. The Arctic fox preys on lemmings, voles, ringed seal pups, fish, waterfowl, and seabirds. It also eats carrion, berries, seaweed, and insects and other small invertebrates.


Arctic foxes tend to form monogamous pairs in the breeding season and maintain a territory around the den. Summer coat is brownish and grayish while winter is snow white.

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Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 2 months ago

Nice posting and photography, Marek.

Awesome series Marek,what a beauty,congrats on the welldeserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 months ago

Some specific information from Norway

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 months ago

Great spotting Marek. What a fabulous little animal.

DanielePralong 2 months ago

Thanks for all the added details Marek, and congratulations, your Arctic Fox series is our Spotting of the Day:

"This beautiful Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus) encountered in the Svalbard tundra in our Spotting of the Day! The arctic fox has a circumpolar distribution (it is found all around the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere), and can undertake long movements or migrations. Ear tagging allows scientists to study the foxes' movements in relation to factors such as social organization or food availability".



Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 months ago

Wow, so adorable!

DanielePralong 2 months ago

Thanks Marek! When you do, please provide us with some information about habitat, and whether the fox was captive or wild. Thanks in advance!

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 2 months ago

Daniele, I was sorting through pictures from a trip to Svalbard in 2006. I found this one along with other photos of the same fox. I will upload them soon.

DanielePralong 2 months ago

Beautiful image Marek! This animal is tagged. Can you please provide us with more information?


Lat: 78.92, Long: 11.92

Spotted on Aug 8, 2006
Submitted on Oct 8, 2017

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