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The Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus arctos), also called Polar Wolf or White Wolf, is a mammal of the Canidae family, and a subspecies of the Gray Wolf. Arctic Wolves inhabit the Canadian Arctic and the northern parts of Greenland.


Arctic Wolves generally are smaller than Gray Wolves, being about 3 to 6 feet (0.9 to 1.8 m) long including the tail; males are larger than females. Their shoulder heights vary from 25 to 31 inches 0.63 to 0.79 m); Arctic Wolves are bulkier than Gray Wolves, often weighing over 100 pounds (45 kg). Weights of up to 175 pounds (80 kg) have been observed in full-grown males. Arctic Wolves usually have small ears, which help the wolf maintain body heat. Arctic Wolves have achieved life spans of over 18 years in captivity; however, in the wild, the average lifespan is only 7-10 years. (ref:


Arctic Wolf / Loup artique, Québec, Canada.


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