An Arctic fox in Dovrefjell, Norway
© Andy Trowbridge/Minden Picture
Winter is coming. The fantastic winter fox
Animals have many ways to adapt for winter weather, such as migrating, hibernating, and growing thick fur. For the small but mighty Arctic fox, a change in season means changing colors. Its thick fur coat transitions from brown and gray to snowy white as a form of camouflage when colder temperatures arrive at its tundra habitat. Our stoic fox is pictured in the midst of that transition, on its way to becoming as white as the surrounding snow. Other animals that turn white in winter include the snowshoe hare and several species of weasel–but we’re partial to this noble-looking fox. Stay warm, buddy!