Do animals shed their winter coats or is that just a myth?



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    Some animals do indeed go through seasonal coat changes. Not every mammal species does so, but many which live in temperate climates where there is great variation between winter and summer conditions do. The ermine (a type of small weasel) for example, has a snow-white pelt in winter which it exchanges for a a dull brown in summer. Arctic foxes do the same thing: grow a white coat for winter and shed it in summer for a brown coat. Some animals don’t change color, but do grow thicker, better-insulated outer coats for winter which they shed in the summertime.

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