The Beautiful Red Fox (Vulpes Vuples)

February 19, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Red Fox is the largest member of the true foxes (Vulpes species) and can be found all over North America, they utilize a wide range of habitats including forests, tundra, prairie, desert, mountains, farmlands, and urban areas. You might even have them running around for backyards and don’t even know it. They prefer areas such as Ecotones with mixed vegetation and mixed scrub and woodland. The males are slightly larger than the females, they weigh between 5 and 31 pounds and stand 14 to 20 inches tall at the shoulder. Their life span on average in the wild is about 5 years, I have seen certain fox live up to 10 years in the wild. Red foxes are essentially omnivores. They mostly eat rodents, eastern cottontail rabbits, insects, and fruit. They will also eat carrion. Red foxes also store food and are very good at relocating these caches. Red foxes have a characteristic manner of hunting mice. The fox stands motionless, listening and watching intently for a mouse it has detected. It then leaps high and brings the forelimbs straight down forcibly to pin the mouse to the ground. I always say a fox is a perfect mixture of dog and cat, they truly are amazing to see. In the winter with their full coat and with a snowy background they are stunning.


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