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  Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)





Red Fox | Vulpes vulpes photo
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) photographed at Skånes Djurpark in Sweden

Image by Paul Bischoff - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Red Fox | Vulpes vulpes photo
Red Foxes

Image by Reg Mckenna - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



RED FOX FACTS

Description
The Red Fox is pale yellowish red to deep reddish brown on the upper parts and white or pale gray underneath. The lower part of the legs is usually black, and the nose is dark brown or black. The tail has a white or black tip. and the tail usually has a white or black tip.

Size
Length: 83 - 110cm. Weight: 3-7 kg

Habitat
Forest, scrub, arid areas, farmland, city suburbs

Food
voles, rabbits, hares, and other small mammals,. Also eat birds, fruits, and invertebrates such as beetles and earthworms.

Breeding
Average litter size is 5, but can be as many as 13. Pups are born after a gestation period of about 51-53 days. Pups are 50g- 150g at birth. Pups leave the den at 4 or 5 weeks and are fully weaned after 8 to 10 weeks.

Range
The Red Fox was introduced for recreational hunting in the mid-1800s, foxes have spread across most of Australia except the tropical north and Tasmania.



Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Fissipedia
Family:Canidae
Genus:Vulpes
Species:vulpes
Common Name:Red Fox