Gray Fox

 Facts

Gray Fox
  • Prefers brushy edge habitat created by mixture of woods and fields.
  • Is a nocturnal animal that is more aggressive and less wary than a red fox.
  • Excellent tree climbers, a trait that allows them to escape coyotes or other potential predators.
  • Gray foxes den in ground dens abandoned by other animals, brush piles, hollow logs and trees.
  • Average of 3-5 young are born in April and May.
  • Young are called pups.
  • Capable of speeds of 28mph for short distances.

 

Physical Characteristics

  • Average adult size 32-55 inches in length.
  • Average weight 7-13 lbs.
  • Typically shorter and stockier than a red fox.

 

Eating Habits

  • Feed more heavily on plant matter than red foxes and are considered more omnivorous than other wild canids.
  • Eats small mammals, insects, fruits, acorns, birds and eggs.