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Red Fox


Facts

  • Primarily nocturnal.
  • Prefer a mixture of forest and open country, frequently hunts the edges of these open habitats.
  • Average of 4-9 pups are born.
  • Learn to hunt at three months.
  • During breeding season (January and February) foxes can be heard barking at night announcing their presence.
  • Den in abandoned groundhog burrows, hollow log or rock crevice.
  • The mother and father both supply solid food to the pups until they are weaned.
  • Are susceptible to fleas, ticks, worms and red foxes are particularly at risk to sarcoptic mange.
  • Distemper and rabies strike fox populations.

Physical Characteristics

  • Average weight 7.5-15 lbs.
  • The white tip on the tail distinguishes the red fox from the gray fox.
  • Has moderately long legs that are typically black.
  • Its coat is a light orange red and can have a silver or black tint.

Eating Habits

Red foxes eat rabbits, rodents, reptiles, insects, berries and fruit.