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15 little-known facts about the Arctic fox

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It changes colour with the seasons

The Arctic fox is the only canid to change the colour of its coat with the seasons (white in winter, brown in spring/summer). In coastal areas, it actually changes from brown to a blue morph, rather than white, allowing it to better blend in with surrounding rocks. Unlike the white coat, an Arctic fox’s brown coat contains melanin, which gives it its colour.

 

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