Metro
    Next Score View the next score

    About the snowy owl

    Life span in the wild: between 9.5 and 35 years.

    Size: Body, 20 to 28 inches; wingspan, 4.2
    to 4.8 feet.

    Weight: 3.5 to 6.5 pounds. Females are usually larger than males.

    Advertisement

    Coloring: Young owls get whiter as they age, but females overall are darker than males.

    Get Fast Forward in your inbox:
    Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email.
    Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

    Diet: They hunt during the day and prefer lemmings, eating three to five a day. They will also eat rabbits, rodents, other birds, and fish.

    SOURCES: National Geographic; owlpages.com