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Animals change their coats as winter approaches

Animals Change Their Coats As Winter Approaches

Many animals change their coat when winter comes, such as turning their fur color to white or growing heavier to camouflage and keep warm.

Animals Change Their Coats As Winter Approaches 1A stoat Mustela erminea in Gran Paradiso Park, Italy. According to National Geographic, a stoat has a chestnut coat in the summer and turns white to camouflage in the winter.

Animals Change Their Coats As Winter Approaches 2A stoat captures one of its favorite prey, a vole, in Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy. In warmer temperatures the predator sports a chestnut-colored coat.

Animals Change Their Coats As Winter Approaches 3An Arctic fox is in white snow on a moonlit night. In the winter, the fur under the Arctic fox feet grows thicker like snow boots, insulating and keeping the body warm.

Animals Change Their Coats As Winter Approaches 4An Arctic fox pup enjoys what remains of a lemming carcass in Alaska. Patches of its white winter coat are just emerging.

Animals Change Their Coats As Winter Approaches 5In a coat well suited for the icy northern tundra, Arctic hares blend in on Canada’s Ellesmere Island. With their long hind legs, hares reach speeds of up to 40 miles (64 kilometers) an hour.

Animals Change Their Coats As Winter Approaches 6In the summer, the Arctic rabbit fur is white and brown to better match the color of the ground.

Animals Change Their Coats As Winter Approaches 7Long white feathers coat the willow ptarmigan during winter, along with a few black tail feathers. Feathers covering the bird’s feet keep it snug while walking on snowy surfaces. Willow ptarmigan flourish in the Arctic’s northern tundra.

Animals Change Their Coats As Winter Approaches 8A chicken-like bird, the willow ptarmigan sports a rust-colored coat during warmer seasons.

Animals Change Their Coats As Winter Approaches 9The rarely seen snow leopard blends into its snowy home in Asia. Its thick coat and tail help it stay warm in frigid temperatures. Furry, extra large paws serve as snowshoes and provide warmth and traction, preventing it from sinking into deep snow.

Animals Change Their Coats As Winter Approaches 10The Arctic reindeer (Peary caribou) runs forward with its chest on Ellesmere Island in Canada. This reindeer has dark white and gray fur in the summer. When winter arrives, the gray color of its coat is lighter, turning more white and thicker.


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