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Gray Wolf

on July 14, 2008; last updated July 14, 2008
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Gray wolves can vary in color from white to dark gray based on where they are found.

Gray Wolf

Design

The gray wolf has a layer of dense underfur that insulates it against the cold temperatures of its habitat. When a female gray wolf digs its den, it digs downward, then upward to prevent flooding. This instinct was given to the wolf by its Creator.

Features

  • Gray wolves can vary in color from white to dark gray based on where they are found.
  • A gray wolf usually carries its tail high, whereas a coyote usually carries its tail below the level of the back.

Fun Facts

  • The entire wolf pack takes care of the pups. They feed and protect them.
  • Wolves communicate through howling, rubbing chins, and rolling over on their backs. These motions can communicate dominance in the pack, boundaries of a pack’s territory, or a call to join in a hunt.

Created Kind Members

Jackal, coyote, dingo, fox, domesticated dog

CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)

ORDER: Carnivora (meat-eating)

FAMILY: Canidae (dog kind)

GENUS/SPECIES: Canis lupus

Size: Between 3 and 6 ft (0.9–1.8 m),

with a tail of 14–22 in (0.4–0.6 m)

Weight: 50–115 lbs (23–52 kg); Males are larger than females

Original Diet: Plants

Present Diet: Mammals such as deer, moose, squirrels; birds and fish

Habitat: Arctic coast of Alaska and western Canada

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