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Facts about Red Fox

Originally an endemic species of North America, Eurasia and Northern Africa, the red fox or the Vulpes vulpes, can be found around the world in diverse habitats. The red fox is known for its exceptional cleverness, intelligence, cunning and adaptability. This is why, as I was saying, the creature's resourcefulness, which is defined as the quality of being able to cope with a difficult situation, has earned the red fox being referred to as 'the fox' in many places.
The animal is of the size of a large cat. Although the red fox belongs to the member of the dog family, there are certain behavior patterns exhibited by this animal, which mimic those of a feline. The animal has a predominantly rusty red coat or fur (which may vary from dark chestnut to golden) with white underbelly and thus, its name. Its ear tips and legs are black and its tail has a pronounced bushy make, with normally a white tip. More facts coming up in the following.

Facts and Information on Red Fox Habitat
As aforesaid, the red fox has its habitat diversified in a number of biomes around the world. It may be spotted in forests, grasslands, mountains and deserts. The distribution is not only limited to prairies and shrubland to forest settings. This animal may also be a familiar sight in human environment such as farms, suburban areas, and even large communities. According to studies, the red fox population, in recent times, has been known to populate mostly, parts of North America and Eurasia, southern Australia, and regions of North Africa. To give you a quick list of the various habitats that this, it includes:
  1. Beech wood
  2. Chalk grassland
  3. Coniferous forest
  4. Farmland
  5. Mediterranean forest
  6. Oak wood
  7. Parkland
  8. Tropical coniferous forest
  9. Tropical dry forest
  10. Tropical grassland

Feeding The red fox is omnivorous, hunts alone and lives on a flexible diet. It has in its menu, prey that can range from insects to cranes. Invertebrates, such as insects, mollusks, earthworms and crayfish form a major part of the diet of the animal. Rodents, rabbits, birds, eggs, amphibians, small reptiles, small fish and other small games also come in the food list of this hunter, and so do fruits like blackberries, apples, plums, etc., and vegetables. Living in human settlements, these animals may also survive on garbage and pet food. Precisely, the red fox is opportunistic, and known to adjust to any kind of food and this makes it adapt to a variety of environmental conditions.
Reproduction Reproduction of the red foxes depends on the geographic location. For instance, population residing in the southern regions, have their breeding season from December to January, while for those in the northern parts, the mating season falls in between February to April. Now for the central population, January to February is what is considered to be the ideal time for reproduction. A female red fox will undergo mating with several males, but eventually settles down with only one. 51 to 53 days is the typical gestation period. A litter size can be of 2 cubs and in some cases, 12. As a red fox cub reaches the end of its first month, it will develop a new red coat. However, not all cubs grow up to be red, as there may be some which are golden, reddish-brown, silver, or even black.
Some Quick Red Fox Facts
  1. As already mentioned, a red fox exhibits certain behavior which are similar to those of a cat.
  2. The animal is reputed to be one of the major threats to poultry farming.
  3. The red fox's bushy tail serves as a mechanism for the animal to maintain a steady balance. Apart from this, the bushy fur keeps the animal from the pangs of cold weather.
  4. The animal makes a signal to its other kinds, by urinating on trees, posts or rocks.
  5. The fox is known to produce 28 different calls to communicate with its group members.
  6. When there is an excess of food, the red fox will partially bury its food, covering it with soil, leaves, grass or the like and mark it with urine. This the animal does to preserve the food for future use.
  7. In case you weren't aware, a group of foxes is known as a skulk, and a juvenile of the animal is known as a kit.
  8. During winters, an adult red fox may be found curled up like a ball and completely covered with snow.
  9. Sarcoptic mange is a contagious skin disease the red fox is prone to contract. It is caused by parasitic mites, which embed themselves into the hair follicles or skin.
To conclude with one last fact on this red hunter of the wild, its species is known to have outnumbered the grey wolves as the most widespread canines in the wild. Way to go red fox!

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