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Common Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
Gray Fox in canyon, Nevada
Photograph by James Phelps . Some rights reserved. (view image details)
Common Gray Fox, Terlingua, Texas
Photograph by Patti McNeal. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
COMMON GRAY FOX FACTSDescription
The Common Gray Fox is a small dog with a bushy tail. It has grizzled upperparts, buff neck and black-tipped tail. Males are slightly larger than females.
Length 0.8m - 1.1m. Tail length 28cm - 44cm. Weight is 3 - 7 kg.
deciduous forest, grassland
small mammals such as rabbits and mice, birds, fruit
Litter size is on average 3 or 4, but can be up to seven. Pups are born after gestation period of about 53 days. Pups start to hunt with their parents at about 3 months, and can hunt on their own at 4 months.
southern Canada to northern Venezuela and Colombia.
Gray foxes are the only dogs that can climb trees. They have strong, hooked claws to help them climb trees to forage for food or escape predators. They make their den in hollow trees or old woodchuck burrows.
Relatives in same Genus
Island Gray Fox (U. littoralis)