10 Animals that can survive in Very Cold Weather
Winter, for us, is the time for hot broths, warm mittens and enjoying hot cups of coffee alongside a crunching fire. But for the animals out in the wild, it’s a fight for survival. However many animals adapt to the cold climate having industrialized multiple fortifications against the biting cold and strictest winters. These ten animals have modified themselves to the extreme conditions usual in their homes over the periods and can thrive and survive in dangerous cold weather.
10. Snow Leopard
9. Arctic Hare
8. Leopard Seal
7. Musk Ox
3. Beluga Whale
2. Polar Bear
The polar bear is fully armed for Arctic life having multiple fortifications against the effects of its harsh, icy habitat. A thick coat of long, weighty, white fur helps them to blend into their environs besides keeping them warm by tricking a layer of insulating air. Their oily fur keeps dampness at bay and defends it from frigid waters. A layer of fat directly below the skin provides lining from the biting cold. Polar tolerates have large paws with furry soles to help them walk easily on snowflake and ice, though these massive creatures prefer to spend most of their lives in the sea. It has been classified as a susceptible species due to global warming. Melting of sea ice and intimidations to its fragile habitat has made shooting for food, challenging for the polar bear.
1. Arctic Fox
Also known as glacial fox, the arctic fox is found throughout the Arctic areas in the Northern Hemisphere. It can live at temperatures as low as -58F by searching into the ground or snow. Their round body, short nose and small ears reduce body surface area and so exposure to dangerous cold. It has an cloistering layer of thick fur coat which traps a layer of air and conserves body heat. Furry hands and a keen sense of hearing help them to walk effortlessly on the snow and hunt for prey. Freezing foxes have white fur that helps them concealment in the ice and snow. Their fur changes color to chocolate or gray in summer to help them blend in with their environs.