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Foxes

Foxes

Foxes are members of the dog family. A female fox is called a “vixen”, a male fox is called a “dog fox” or a “tod” and baby foxes are called “pups”, “kits” or “cubs”.

A group of foxes is called a “skulk” or a “leash”.

Foxes are generally smaller than other members of the family Canidae such as wolvesjackals, and domestic dogs. For example, in the largest species, the red fox, males weigh on average between 4.1 and 8.7 kg (9.0 and 19.2 lb), while the smallest species, the fennec fox, weighs just 0.7 to 1.6 kg (1.5 to 3.5 lb).

There are around 12 different species of fox found around the world, which include the urban fox or red fox, the beautifully white Arctic fox, the sand fox which is a light-coloured fox found in desert regions and the tiny yet big eared fennec fox.

Wild foxes tend live for around 3-6 years, but some foxes have been known to be older than 13 in captivity.

Foxes are found on every continent except Antarctica.

Foxes usually live in forested areas, but they can be found in mountains, grasslands and deserts. They also thrive in cities, towns, and rural settings.

Fox are also fairly transient animals and frequently move from place to place.

Foxes are omnivores animals and this means that they eat meat and vegetation.

They eat small mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, eggs, insects, worms, fishcrabs, mollusks, fruits, berries, vegetables, seeds, fungi and carrion. In winter they mainly eat mammals, such as micerabbits and other small animals
 

Foxes are primarily nocturnal animals that means they like to hunt at night .This means that they sleep during the day. This can change, though, depending on where the fox live.

Foxes are great night-time predators because their eyes are specially adapted to night vision.

Foxes are also very fast. They can run up to 65 kph (40 mph).
The breeding season is from January through March. After a gestation period of 51 to 53 days, females give birth to a litter that usually have 2 to 7 pups. She will make nest of leaves inside her burrow for her pups. This special room in the burrow is called a nesting chamber.

Foxes have excellent hearing. They can hear low-frequency sounds and rodents digging underground.

Grey foxes who live in North America are the only member of dog family who can climb trees!

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