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Red Fox

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Clever, Cunning and Fast

The red fox makes its home in wooded areas, prairies and farmland. It has a reddish coat that is white underneath and a big bushy tail with a white tip. Red foxes are not all red. Some are brown, some are black and others are silver in color. Even foxes that come from the same litter can be different colors!  Red foxes live in family groups and are known for their cleverness and ability to adapt to different surroundings. They are usually active at night. During the day, they rest in forests, or ravines, curling their long bushy tails around themselves to keep warm. Red foxes have excellent vision, and keen senses of smell and hearing. They can make 28 different types of calls to communicate with each other!

The Facts

  • Genus/Species: Vulpes vulpes.
  • Location: The entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, Central America and Asia.

The red fox is a lean hunting machine that’s built for speed. It is slinky and long legged and about the size of a small dog.  The red fox stalks its prey, much like a cat. It gets as close as it can and then pounces on its prey. Its diet includes fruits, berries and grasses. It also eats birds and small mammals like squirrels, rabbits and mice. A large part of the red fox's diet is made up of crickets, caterpillars, grasshoppers, beetles and crayfish. 

Red foxes are not under threat anywhere because of their ability to cope well around humans. They are not considered to be endangered and are the most widespread and abundant wild carnivores in the world. 

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