Arctic Wolf Facts for Kids

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  • Arctic Wolves are mammals.
  • Arctic Wolves are a subspecies of the gray wolf.
  • Arctic Wolves live in very cold climates sometimes reaching -30 degrees.
  • They live in the Arctic Circle, Alaska, Northern Canada, Iceland and Greenland.
  • Arctic Wolves have two layers of very white fur to protect them against the cold temperatures.
  • The inner layer works as a water proof barrier for the skin.
  • The outer layer is thick to keep the heat in.
  • During the winter months the outer layer will get thicker to keep the Arctic Wolf warm.
  • Arctic Wolves are a little bit smaller than gray wolves.
  • They have shorter legs, ears and muzzles than the gray wolf.
  • The can weight up to 150 pounds however the average weight is 75 pounds.
  • They are usually between 3-6 feet long.
  • Arctic Wolves have 42 very sharp teeth.
  • They are fast runners sometimes running up to 40 miles per hour.
  • Arctic Wolves have a good sense of smell, hearing and sight.
  • Arctic Wolves usually live in packs of 5-7 wolves but sometimes live alone.
  • Arctic Wolves are carnivores meaning they eat meat.
  • They will eat arctic fox, arctic hares, lemmings, seals but mostly caribou and musk oxen.
  • Often times when an Arctic Wolves prey is bigger than them they will hunt in wolf packs.
  • When they kill a big animal it can feed the pack for a couple of days.
  • Wolves in the pack will take turns guarding the food so other animals won’t eat it.
  • The lifespan of the Arctic Wolf is 7-10 years.
  • Mother wolves give birth to baby wolves called pups in the Spring.
  • The mother usually gives birth to 2-3 pups but sometimes more.
  • Pups are born blind, deaf and weigh about 1 pound.
  • Pups are totally dependent on their mothers when they are born.
  • Pups eat regurgitated food (food that is thrown back up) from their mothers.
  • Arctic Wolves do not have many predators because of the harsh climate they live in.  Others wolves are their main predator and sometimes polar bears.
  • The main threat to Arctic Wolves is climate changes making it hard for them to find food.
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