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 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)




Red Fox | Vulpes vulpes photo
Red Fox

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Red Fox | Vulpes vulpes photo
Young male Red Fox

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Red Fox | Vulpes vulpes photo
Red Fox in the snow

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Red Fox | Vulpes vulpes photo
A fox kit at a den close to the photographer's house.

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RED FOX FACTS

Description
The Red Fox is pale yellowish red to deep reddish brown on the upper parts and white or pale gray underneath. The lower part of the legs is usually black, and the nose is dark brown or black. The tail has a white or black tip. and the tail usually has a white or black tip. As well as the normal color form, there are two less common variations - the Cross Fox has reddish brown fur and a black stripe down its back; and the Silver Fox is silver grey to greyish black.

Size
Length: 83 - 110cm. Weight: 3-7 kg

Environment
Forest, tundra, prairie, and farmland, suburban areas

Food
voles, rabbits, hares, and other small mammals,. Also eat birds, fruits, and invertebrates such as beetles and earthworms.

Breeding
Average litter size is 5, but can be as many as 13. Pups are born after a gestation period of about 51-53 days. Pups are 50g- 150g at birth. Pups leave the den at 4 or 5 weeks and are fully weaned after 8 to 10 weeks.

Range
The Red Fox is the most widely distributed wild carnivore in the world. It is found in North America, Asia, Europe, and North Africa. They are also widespread in Australia, where they were introduced in about 1850

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Canidae
Genus:Vulpes
Species:vulpes
Common Name:Red Fox


Relatives in same Genus
  Kit Fox (V. macrotis)
  Swift Fox (V. velox)