Snowy owl in the snow

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Arctic critters like the snowy owl (above) have no trouble gallivanting across bitter tundras or gliding through freezing polar sea water in the dead of winter.

While other animals hunker down as cold weather approaches, these creatures with snowy camouflage and thick layers of fat, fur and feathers don't skip a beat.

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Arctic fox relaxing in the snow

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Arctic Fox

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White beluga whale

Photo: Steve Snodgrass

Beluga whale

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Snowshoe hare

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Snowshoe hare

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White swans

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Swans

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Polar bears

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Polar bears

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White wolves

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White wolves

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Catie Leary is a photo editor at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.