Tundra wolf

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Inhabiting northern Scandinavia and Russia is the gray wolf subspecies called the Tundra Wolf (Canis lupus albus). Living up to their namesake, Tundra wolves live in both forest and tundra zones.

Tundra wolves are one of the larger gray wolves. Adults can reach lengths of 135 cm, with tails up to 52 cm. Males can reach 108 lbs in weight, while females are lighter at 90 lbs. The heaviest Tundra wolf recorded was a male weighing in at 115 lbs.

The Tundra wolves fur is a light gray in color, with darker gray lower fur. In actual fact, they look a lot like some Canadian wolves. Their fur is very dense and quite long; a necessity in the frozen tundra landscape.

Packs of Tundra wolves usually number from 5 to 7 members. They make dens in thickets and river valleys where cover is available. Their main prey are hares, reindeer, sheep and arctic foxes. They usually travel alongside migratory patterns of reindeer so food is always available, and as such rarely keep permanent territories.

Tundra Wolf Taxonomical Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: C. lupus
  • Subspecies: C. l. albus
  • Trinomial name: Canis lupus albus

Picture source: Andrew Butko