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Red Fox

Page history last edited by wikiuser0049 11 years, 10 months ago

 

Classification

 

Phylum:Chordata

Class:Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family:Canidae

Genus:Vulpes

Characteristics

 

The red fox has orangish-red fur on its back, sides and head. It has white fur under its neck and on its chest. It has a long bushy tail tipped in white, pointed black ears and black legs and feet.

 Life Cycle

 

A Red Fox will mate January through March. A little less than two months after mating, the female will give birth to 1-10 kits. The kits will leave their mother at about 7 months

 Habitat/Range

 

 A Red Fox will usually make it's home in a wooded area. The countries that have Red Foxes are North America, Alaska, Canada, Asia, Europe, Hawaii, and are bieng introduced to Australia.

 Diet/Behavior

 

 A Red Fox will usually eat rodents like rabbits, mice, rats, and squirrels.

    A Red Fox is mostly nocturnal but it will come out during the day. Unlike other mammals a Red Fox can hear low frequency sounds like little animals digging underground. Then they will follow that sounds to where the animals are and either pounce on or chase the animal. Other than breeding females, a Red Fox will not usually use a den. It will most likely curl up on the ground and use it's big bushy tail for a pillow.

 Cool Facts

 

  • Nocturnal( hunts at night ).
  • Has a symbiotic relationship with a rabbit: Parasitic, Fox eats rabbit, Fox gets food and rabbit dies.
  • Size: 18 - 33.75 in.
  • Weight: 6.5 - 24 lbs.
  • Average lifespan in wild: 2 - 4 years.
  • Name of group: Skulk
  • Name of young: Kits

 

    Sources

        Two Kits playing 

                                                                                    www.NatureWorks.com 

                                                                                     www.NationalGeographic.com

                                                                                     Encyclopedia of Mammals ( p. 81 & 82 )

 

 

         Red Fox range                                             Teritiary Consumer                Fox Food Chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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