Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Arctic Fox vs Arctic Hare
The Arctic Tundra is a frigid, blustery treeless environment known for its difficult living conditions. However there are a number of animals that have adopted in order to survive the often inhospitable climate. Theses animals include Arctic fox, Arctic hare, Snowy owl and Polar bear. We are comparing two animals of the arctic tundra, the Arctic fox and hare.
The Arctic fox and hare share a diet that is available to them. The Arctic fox’s diet includes eggs, Lemmings, Polar bear leftovers, Voles and birds. Whereas the Arctic hare's diet consists of berries, twigs and mosses.
The Arctic fox and hare have adapted successfully. The Arctic fox has a thick furry coat which helps it to dissimulate with its surroundings and also keep it warm in the harsh conditions. However the Arctic hare has adapted in a different way that lets it camouflage in the winter with white fur. But when seasons change the hare sheds its fur to the colour brown to adapt to the conditions.
Each animal has it’s own unique home. The Arctic hare digs a hole in the snow with its powerful forelegs. The Arctic fox makes a den big enough to live and sleep in. It’s den has many exits and entrances so they can escape from predators.
The Arctic Fox and the Arctic hare are found in Canada, Scandinavia, Russia, Greenland, Alaska and Norway. All these countries have cold climates and hard conditions for animals that have not adapted. The countries are in the Arctic circle, a cold area of land and sea at the top of the planet.
Overall we think that the Arctic fox has a higher chance of survival in the cold Arctic Tundra. The Arctic hare has a bigger variety of food to eat and it’s easier to find but the Arctic hare has more predators. However, the Arctic fox has better hunting techniques a thicker coat and smaller ears, trapping heat inside it’s body.