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Arctic fox   (Vulpes lagopus)
Category: Mammals

 

 

This small species of fox is native to the Arctic region of the Northern Hemisphere. Its dense coat, which is white in winter and brown and in summer serves double duty as insulator and camouflage. The arctic fox is an omnivore that will eat any small creature it can catch, as well as carrion, berries, seaweed, and almost anything else from which it can derive nutrition. Its exceptionally keen hearing enables the arctic fox to hunt small animals burrowing underneath the snow.

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Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Vulpes
Species - V. lagopus

 
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If a defining trait of mammals is that they give live birth to their young, how do you explain monotremes? Monotremes are mammals that lay eggs like a reptile, rather than giving birth to live young. Living examples of these unusual animals can only be found in Australia and New Guinea today, though they used to be more widespread. A monotreme egg has less yolk for supplying nutrients than a reptile egg, and when a young echidna or platypus hatches, it is very tiny and less developed than its reptile counterpart. But monotreme babies are able to grow and thrive because their mothers stay with them, lactating to supply vital nutrients for their growth - just like other mammals!

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