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The Artic Wolf
Transcript of The Artic Wolf
Average Size Hieght To shoulder = 25-31 inches Length Head and body = 3-5 feet. Weight Up to 175 pounds, females are lighter Reproduction Sexual maturity: Males 3 years. Females 2 years.
Gestation: 61-53 days.
Number of young: Usually 4-5. When the cubs are born, they are deaf, blind, and rely on their mother for their survival. But in about one year, they are able to go out on their own and hunt. Scientific Name: Canis Lupus Arctos Evolutionary History The arctic wolf, canis lupis arctos, is a close relative of the grey wolf, canis lupis. The grey wolf is believed to have originated in Asia, but migrated across the Bering Strait millions of years ago and came to inhabit North America. The Arctic wolf is believed to have originated from grey wolves that migrated to the far north and evolved to better fit that harsher environment. Cladogram The artic wolve's closest relative is the grey wolf (canis lupus). They are mostly related due to they are almost exact in shape. Their bones are identical and they act alike. Fossil records show that ancestors of the arctic wolf are almost exactly like the grey wolf. Adaptations Over time whilst living in their harsh habitat, arctic wolves went through many changes, or adaptations, so that they can live and prosper in their habitat. With a shorter muzzle, there is a smaller surface area from which to lose heat. Most of the arctic wolf's adaptations are related in one way or another to retaining heat, so that it can better survive in its environment They developed a shorter muzzle. They developed a thicker layer of fur. With more fur, this gives them a better chance to survive in thier cold climates. Conservation Issues Arctic Wolf Conservation Status
They are perfectly fine, they have a good global population and are no where near being extinct. Works Cited "ARCTIC WOLF." WonderClub deals with both World Wonders, and Animal life. Come and Learn about the World Around You!. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 May 2011. <http://www.wonderclub.com/Wildlife
" Arctic Wolf- Evolution." (Sonic.net). N.p., n.d. Web. 7 May 2011. <http://sonic.net/~birdman/arctic
" Arctic Wolf ." (Sonic.net). N.p., n.d. Web. 7 May 2011. <http://sonic.net/~birdman/arctic And have white fur. Niche The arctic wolve's niche is to regulate the population of the arctic hare, lemming, musk ox, and the caribou. Grey Wolf Arctic Wolf Black Wolf Arctic Fox Grey Fox Red Wolf Red Fox