Arctic Animals' Changing Colors in Seasons

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The Arctic is seen to be a marvelous location full of animals, plants and people. Because of low temperatures and precipitation with strong winds in the Arctic, animals here are warm creatures varying in size and characteristics. There are many genres of Arctic animals including Caribou, Musk Oxen, Arctic wolves, arctic fox, Lemmings, and so on. One of the most exciting things of Arctic animals is their changing of feathers or fur color according to the seasons. Many birds and mammals cope with this by creating various colors of fur or feathers depending on the season of year. Below are the most amazing changes of feathers or fur color in seasons of Arctic animals.

 

Ermine


Ermines are Arctic weasels or stoats living mostly on lemmings for food. The matured Ermines are about 30 cm long including the tail

Ermines are Arctic weasels or stoats living mostly on lemmings for food. The matured Ermines are about 30 cm long including the tail

 


In the winter, Ermines\' feathers are white coated but brown coated in the summer

In the winter, Ermines' feathers are white coated but brown coated in the summer

 


Such Ermines are very fast and brave, they can go into lemmings\' tunnels thanks to their slim bodies

Such Ermines are very fast and brave, they can go into lemmings' tunnels thanks to their slim bodies

 

Arctic fox


When the time of year changes, the Arctic fox changes its coat color. In the spring and summer, the feathers is dark (gray-blue)

When the time of year changes, the Arctic fox changes its coat color. In the spring and summer, the feathers is dark (gray-blue)

 


In the fall and winter, Arctic fox\'s feathers are white coated in order to match the snow background

In the fall and winter, Arctic fox's feathers are white coated in order to match the snow background

 


The Arctic fox eats lots of lemmings. They also like hares, birds\' eggs and the chicks for their meals

The Arctic fox eats lots of lemmings. They also like hares, birds' eggs and the chicks for their meals

 

Lemmings


There are 2 types of Lemmings: brown lemming and the collared lemming

There are 2 types of Lemmings: brown lemming and the collared lemming

 


The collared lemmings\' feathers turn from brown to white in the winter. They stay warm in tunnels under the thick snow layers during the winter

The collared lemmings' feathers turn from brown to white in the winter. They stay warm in tunnels under the thick snow layers during the winter

 

Arctic hare


In the winter, hundreds of Arctic hares gather in herds to stay warm and protect themselves from enemies

In the winter, hundreds of Arctic hares gather in herds to stay warm and protect themselves from enemies

 


Their brownish coats with blue-gray tones in summer turn white in the winter. However, the tail keeps while around the year

Their brownish coats with blue-gray tones in summer turn white in the winter. However, the tail keeps while around the year

 


Herds of Arctic hares live within the rocks on hillsides in order to hide from foxes, wolves, owls and other enemies

Herds of Arctic hares live within the rocks on hillsides in order to hide from foxes, wolves, owls and other enemies

 

Arctic Partridge


Arctic Partridge is a member of the grouse family

Arctic Partridge is a member of the grouse family

 


But the colored plumage in the summer and spring

But the colored plumage in the summer and spring

 


With a white coat in the winter, the Arctic Partridge looks like a white pigeon

With a white coat in the winter, the Arctic Partridge looks like a white pigeon

Arctic Animals

 

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This article was published on 2010/09/20