red fox
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Order Primates

Family Cercopithecidae

Genus Vulpes

Scientific Name

Vulpes vulpes

Thumbnail Description

Red foxes can locate sounds within 700–3,000 Hz.

They will dig 0.5–2.5 meters (1 ft 8 in–8 ft 2 in) deep burrows.

Size & Weight

Adults:

  • BODY-LENGTH: 90 cm (18 to 35 in)
  • WEIGHT: 2.2 to 14 kg (4.9 to 30.9 lb)
  • SHOULDER HEIGHT: 35–50 cm (14–20 in)
  • TAIL: 30 to 55.5 cm (11.8 to 21.9 in)
  • SKULL: 129–167 mm (5.1–6.6 in)
  • EARS: 7.7–12.5 cm (3–5 in)

Largest Specimen:

  • WEIGHT: 17.2 kg (38.1 lbs)
  • BODY-LENGTH: 1.4 meter (4 ft 7 in)

Newborns:

  • BODY-LENGTH: 5 cm (5.7 in)
  • WEIGHT: 56–110 g (2.0–3.9 oz)
  • TAIL: 5 cm (3.0 in)

Habitat

Unknown

Distribution

Arctic Circle to North Africa, Central America, Asia, Iceland, Arctic islands

Diet

Rodents:

Voles, mice, ground squirrels, hamsters, gerbils, woodchucks, pocket gophers, deer mice

Birds:

Passeriformes, galliformes, waterfowl

Small Mammals:

Leporids, porcupines, raccoons, opossums

Fruits:

Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cherries, persimmons, mulberries, apples, plums, grapes, acorns

Reptiles, invertebrates, marine mammals, small ungulates, insects

Reproduction

Unknown

Mating Period

Unknown

Gestation Period

49–58 days

Weaning Period

Unknown

Sexual Maturity

9–10 months

Population

Unknown

Lifespan

5 years (wild)

15 years (captivity)

Speed

Average: 6–13 km/h

Top: 50 km/h

Walking Stride

25–35 cm (9.8–13.8 in)

Baby Name

Unknown

Home Range

70 million km2 (27 million mi2)

Group Name

Unknown

Predators

Leopards, caracals, Eurasian lynxes, Canadian lynxes, bobcats

Sounds

Wow wow wow, gekkering, waaaaah

Group Size

Unknown

Behavior

Unknown

Conservation Status

Least Concern

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