Life in the Arctic Tundra
Largest Arctic hoofstock. Their name comes from their stinky mating season. 400-900 pounds, 4.4-8.2 feet long. Their short legs and bulk limit heat loss.
Bald eagles live in tundra. Bald eagles hunt in flocks to conserve energy and swiftly refuel. They maintain body temperature in a unique way.
Lemming availability affects Snow Owl population. Lemmings are their main tundra food source. These Arctic owls can grow up to 2.4 feet long.
These dogs are arctic-ready because of their stamina and hunger tolerance. They wear double coats and raincoats. Long tails shield sleeping faces and noses.
Their small, stocky stature limits heat loss and helps them conserve energy. These solitary animals don't hibernate. They're prey for snowy owls and arctic foxes.
Arctic foxes can withstand -94 F temperatures. Short legs, muzzles, and ears limit heat loss, as does dense fur. Fur covers their feet. When sleeping, they wrap their long tails like a blanket.
Reindeer are Christmas and winter emblems. They're in Alaska and northern Canada. Warmth comes from two fur layers and compact bodies. Winter slowdown saves energy.
Summer is when bears grow blubber. Their hollow, translucent fur reflects light and absorbs heat via their black skin. Global warming endangers them.
Asia's Himalayas have snow leopards. They're adapted to cold, snow, and rugged terrain. Rounded ears and paw fur save heat. Their hair and large paws behave as snowshoes.