5 Animals in the Taiga Have Beautiful Colorful Fur That Change With The Seasons

By Sharon R. Lee

When we think of the Arctic, most of us picture white snow and ice. And while it's true that a good chunk of the taiga is covered with white stuff, some animals have fur that actually helps them blend into their surroundings.

And sometimes these animals' colorful coats are so beautiful that they look like something out of a storybook or an animated movie—except these amazing animals really exist! Here are just five of my favorite animals in the taiga that have beautiful, colorful fur:

Snowshoe Hare

The snowshoe hare’s coat is another dazzling example of the taiga’s diverse ecosystem and its ability to adapt to the seasons.

In addition to a thick and soft coat, which makes it very warm in the winter, this animal sports a bevy of different fur colors from brown in summer to white in winter.

The snowshoe hare has always been an integral part of Inuit culture as well: they use its fur for clothing, bedding, and even shoes!

Arctic Fox

Arctic foxes have beautiful white fur that changes to brown or gray in the winter. This helps them blend into their surroundings, protecting them from predators.

The Arctic fox's coat changes with the seasons. In summer, it is white with black-tipped hairs and a thick undercoat. In winter, it becomes browner and develops an insulating layer of fat under its skin to keep it warm during harsh weather conditions!


The ermine is a small member of the weasel family and is known for its beautiful fur. It's a predator that eats small animals such as mice and voles, but has also been known to feed on birds during the summer months.

Ermine have long, slender bodies with short legs. Their tails are fluffy and white like their body fur, which changes colors to blend in with their surroundings when they're in danger (which makes them hard to spot).

The ermine's coat can be any shade of brown or black depending on where they are living at any given time—but it will always be marked by white spots or stripes so they don't get eaten themselves!

You might see an ermine if you visit the taiga forest near your home this winter; these little guys love colder climates!


In the spring, when the grouse is nesting, its fur turns white to blend in with the snow. In summer, it turns brown to blend in with the ground. In fall and winter it changes back to red so it can be easily seen by predators like hawks and owls who hunt during those seasons.

Arctic Hare

Arctic hares are the only mammals that change their coats to match the seasons. This allows them to blend in with the environment, making them harder for predators to see.

While some hares hibernate, arctic hares do not, and they need their white fur during winter months when snow covers much of their habitat. Come springtime, however, the color of their fur changes from white to brown so that they can blend into grasses and other vegetation better during warmer months when food is more plentiful.

Arctic hares are herbivores who feed on low-growing plants such as blueberries and cranberries—as well as mosses and lichens if they're available. They also eat berries from trees like birch trees (which have been known to grow as tall as 20 feet!).

Hares are prey for many predators including wolves, lynx cats (a wild cat native mostly found in Eurasia), foxes and even coyotes!

These animals hunt by hiding behind bushes or rocks until an unsuspecting arctic hare walks past; they then pounce on it before dragging its body away somewhere safe where no one will see them devour it whole!

These animals and others like them have colorful coats that help them blend into their surroundings to survive.

``This coloration helps animals blend in with their surroundings and protect them from predators.

For example, some animals have white fur during the winter so that they don't stand out when it snows, making it harder for a predator to see them. In the summer, these same animals might have brown or black fur to blend in with the ground or trees as they move through their territory.``

Other animals use their colors as camouflage while hunting or hiding from predators.

Some caterpillars have bright colors like reds and blues to distract predators while they are vulnerable on leaves of plants where they live during this stage of development; other caterpillars may be camouflaged with green stripes that match the color of leaves where you can find them hanging out between molting periods (when they shed their old exoskeleton).


These animals are so beautiful and unique that they deserve a place in our hearts, as well as our homes.

They can be found all over the world, but because their habitat is so isolated and small we need to be careful when trying to preserve it or keep them safe from harm.

Luckily there are organizations out there dedicated to helping these creatures live long lives without being harmed by humans

Sharon R. Lee

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Hi There! I'm Lee. Welcome to A Pretty Fix, a home DIY blog about making your home colorful, decorating, and helping colors ideas and fun. Here you'll find ideas, tips, and inspiration to live life more colorfully and beautifully. Hope you stick around!

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