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What Is an Arctic Wolf?
Not many people get to see Arctic wolves in the wild. That's because these animals live in extreme environments, where it's too cold for humans to thrive. An Arctic wolf is a white sub-species of wolf that lives in the Arctic, where there's snow on the ground all year round and temperatures can drop to minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Luckily, their bodies are prepared for these harsh temperatures.
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- 0:04 What is an Arctic Wolf?
- 0:29 What Do They Look Like?
- 0:57 Where Do They Live?
- 1:27 What Do They Eat?
- 1:51 What is Their Life Cycle?
- 2:36 Lesson Summary
What Do They Look Like?
An Arctic wolf wears two coats! The coat closest to its body acts as a waterproof jacket and helps to keep it dry. The outer coat is thick and furry, which helps the wolf stay warm, and is white, like the snowy environment in which it lives.
The wolves have short ears, noses, and legs. These short features help prevent heat loss, so their core body temperature can stay high enough to withstand the bitter cold.
Where Do They Live?
The Arctic wolf calls the Arctic Circle home. The Arctic Circle is an imaginary line drawn around the top of the Earth. Parts of Alaska, Northern Canada, and Greenland are above the Arctic Circle, so you'll find Arctic wolves living in or near these places.
Arctic wolves can live alone but usually live together in groups called packs. A pack might contain five to seven wolves, but larger packs can be formed, depending on how much food is in the area.
What Do They Eat?
Arctic wolves are carnivores, which means they only eat meat. When Arctic wolves hunt in packs, they can capture larger animals, like caribou. They might also go after musk oxen, which look like furry buffaloes with swooping horns on their heads. The wolves also eat smaller animals, like the Arctic fox, Arctic hares, lemmings, seals, and birds.
What Is Their Life Cycle Like?
Arctic wolves are mammals, which means that they give birth to live young. A female Arctic wolf gives birth to pups in the spring. The size of a litter can be just two pups, or up to about a dozen. Pups are dependent on their mother for the first few months of life. As they grow, older wolves help to feed them by offering regurgitated food, which is partially digested food that is thrown up. As the wolves grow, they become parents themselves, at about two or three years old.
Arctic wolves don't have very many natural predators, but can get in fights with other Arctic wolves and must be careful around polar bears. The average lifespan of an Arctic wolf is about 7-10 years.
An Arctic wolf is a white sub-species of wolf that lives in the Arctic. They live in or near the cold Arctic Circle, which is an imaginary line drawn around the top of the Earth. It has two coats. The inner coat is waterproof, and its outer coat is thick and white.
Arctic wolves are mammals and carnivores, which means they only eat meat, like caribou and musk oxen. Mothers give birth in the spring to 2-12 pups, which are dependent on her for the first few months. They can make their own pups at about two to three years old and will live a total of about 7-10 years.
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