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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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