Red Fox

Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes

Eats

Red foxes are omnivores, they eat a variety of fruits, berries, birds, small mammals and invertebrates.

Lives

The red fox is the most widely distributed wild canid species in the world. It is able to occupy diverse habitats ranging from northern tundra to desert areas.

Behavior

Though fairly common, red foxes are shy, secretive, nocturnal, and cunning which makes them difficult to observe. Red foxes use a variety of vocalizations to communicate among themselves. They are solitary animals and are known for being territorial. Territories are marked with scent markings.

Description

Red foxes have a distinctive reddish-brown fur, although the exact coloration can vary. They often have a white underbelly, throat, and chin. Some individuals have dark or silver fur. One of their most notable features is their bushy, white-tipped tail. The tail is often long and serves multiple purposes, including balance, communication, and warmth.

Did you Know?

The red fox actually is not always red. It has three other main color morphs, or phases "melanistic," where the fur is black: "silver," where the fur is black with white tips; and "cross," where the fur is red with black across the shoulders and back.

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Due to their widespread range and what appears to be an actual increase in population, they are listed as a species of least concern by the IUCN.

Least Concern
Least Concern
Near Threatened
Near Threatened
Vulnerable
Vulnerable
Endangered
Endangered
Critically Endangered
Critically Endangered
Extinct in the Wild
Extinct in the Wild
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