15 little-known facts about the Arctic fox


The Arctic fox’s name in Latin is Vulpes lagopus

The Arctic fox’s name in Latin means “hare-footed fox” — which refers to its paws’ resemblance to the big, fur-covered feet of the Arctic hare, which, like the fox’s paws, also allow it to “snowshoe” across the top of the snow pack. In Inuktitut, the Arctic fox is called tiriganiaq, while in Swedish, it’s known as a fjällräv.

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