Top 10 Rarely Known Artic Animals

Arctic regions are in the Northern Hemisphere, and characterized by stressful conditions as a result of extreme cold, low precipitation, a limited growing season and virtually no sunlight throughout the winter. The wildlife of Artic are extremophiles, having to developed amazing adaptations to be able to survive in the arctic tundra.

Check out The Top 10 list of Rarely Known Arctic Animals.

10. Tundra Swan - (Cygnus columbianus)
By Mdf

The Tundra Swan breeds in the Arctic and subarctic tundra, they live in shallow pools, lakes and rivers. Tundra swans are migratory birds, the winter environment is grassland and marshland, frequently close to coastline. They prefer to visit fields after harvest to feed upon discarded grains and during migration may stop over on mountain lakes. When migrating they are able to fly at altitudes of 8 km (nearly 27,000 ft, Tundra Swan flocks frequently fly in V formation.

9. Arctic Hare - (Lepus arcticus)
By Steve Sayles

Also known as polar rabbit, Artic hare is a kinds of hare which is adapted largely to polar and mountainous habitats. The arctic hare survives with a thick coat of fur and frequently digs holes in the ground or even under snow to retain warm and sleep. Arctic hares appear like common rabbits however have shorter ears, taller when standing, and can easily survive in cold environments. They are principally a northern species that inhabits boreal forests.

8. Porcupine Caribou - (Rangifer tarandus granti)

Porcupine caribou is a subspecies of the caribou found in Alaska and the adjacent regions of Canada. They are in fact labeled after their birthing land, the Porcupine River, which runs through a major part of the range of the Porcupine herd. Even though population is vary, the herd comprises roughly 169,000 animals. Grant's caribou could migrate over 1,500 mi (2,400 km) a year between their winter range and calving grounds on the Beaufort Sea, the ever longest territory migration route of any land mammal in the world.

7. Arctic Fox - (Vulpes lagopus)                                
By EfAston

Also referred to as the white fox, polar fox, and snow fox, Arctic Fox is a little fox native to the Arctic areas in the Northern Hemisphere and is common within the Arctic tundra biome. Arctic Fox is very well adapted to surviving in cold environments with a deep dense fur which is often brown in summer time and white colored in winter season. It averages in size at approximately 85.3 cm in body length, with a normally round shape of body to reduce the release of body heat temperature, since it lives in some of the most frigid extremes locations on the planet.

6. Snowy Owl - (Bubo scandiacus)                      
By Adamantios

The Snowy Owl is commonly seen among the northern circumpolar location, they nest in the Arctic tundra of the northernmost stretches of Alaska, Canada, and Eurasia. Although, Snowy Owl happens to be especially nomadic bird, and since inhabitants changes in its prey types might force this bird to relocate, it has been able to breed at more southerly latitudes. Snowy Owl is among the largest species of owl and, in The North American Continent, is typically the heaviest owl species. The mature male is pretty much pure white, however females and young birds possess several darkish scalloping. The young are intensely barred, and darkish spotting could possibly predominate.

5. Canada Lynx - (Lynx canadensis)
By Keith Williams

Lynx canadensis or Canadian lynx is a North American mammal, usually ranges across Canada and into Alaska including certain parts of the northern United States. With a thick silvery-brown coat, ruffed face and tufted ears, the Canada lynx has a resemblance to the other kinds of the mid-sized Lynx genus. It happens to be bigger than the bobcat, with which it shares areas of its range, and over twice the size of home cat. The physical appearance of the Canada lynx is identical to that of the Eurasian lynx. The thick fur is silvery brown and may include blackish markings. In summer time, its coat represents an extra reddish brown coloring. Canadian lynx has a furry ruff which looks like a double-pointed beard, shorter tail with a black color tip, and extended furry tufts on its ears.

4. Wolverine - (Gulo gulo)

Wolverine also known as glutton, carcajou, skunk bear, or quickhatch, is a strong animal that looks like a small bear however is in fact the biggest member of the weasel family. These tough animals are solitary, and they require a significant space to roam. Individual wolverines could travel 24 kilometers in a day trying to find out food. As a consequence of these habitat requirements, wolverines frequent remote boreal forests, taiga, and tundra in the northern latitudes of Europe, Asia, and North America.

3. Beluga Whale - (Delphinapterus leucas)
By Greg5030

Beluga Whales are usually found in the Arctic Ocean's coastal seas, however they are present in subarctic seas too. They are small, ranging from 4 to 6.1 meters in length, have rounded foreheads without any dorsal fin. Belugas normally live together in small groups called pods. They are social mammals and quite vocal communicators that utilize a diverse language of clicks, whistles, and clangs. Belugas are also able to simulate various different noises.

2. Muskox - (Ovibos moschatus)

The muskox inhabiting the frozen tundra of northern, Alaska, Canada, Ellesmere Island, Greenland, Norway, Sweden and Siberia. Certainly no other hoofed animal lives as far north as the muskox. This kind of ox can live in the extreme conditions of the arctic tundra mainly because its 24" long hair and woolly undercoat ward off frost and provide warmth. It can weigh from 396-880 pounds, and reach a length of 7 feet.

1. Narwhal - (Monodon monoceros)

The narwhal appears like a cross between a whale and a unicorn with its very long, spiraled tusk jutting from its head. Males normally possess tusks, while some could possibly have two. The tusk, which often can develop as long as 10 feet, is in fact an enhanced tooth. Narwhals spend their lives in the Arctic waters of Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia. The majority of the world’s narwhals winter for about five months under the sea ice in the Baffin Bay-Davis Strait region located between Canada and western Greenland.

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