Red Fox

Red fox are the largest of the fox family with an elongated body and shorter limbs. The tail is longer than the length of the body.   

Identification

General Description
Large elongated dense, soft, silky and relatively long reddish fur
Length
14 to 20 inches
Weight
5 to 31 pounds
Color
Reddish dense, soft, silky, and relatively long reddish fur
Sounds
Red foxes produce different sounds spanning five octaves including syllable barking "wow wow wow"


Reproduction

Red fox reproduce once a year in the spring. The gestation period lasts 49 to 58 days. The average litter size consists of 4 to 6 kits.

Food

Red fox have a varied diet including small rodents such as voles, mice, and ground squirrels. They may also eat plant material including various fruits including berries, apples, plumbs, grapes, and acorns. And other plant material including grasses, sedges, and tubers. 

Habitat

Red fox establish stable home ranges within particular areas. The use their urine to mark their territories.  They dig underground dens where they take care of their kits and hide from predators.

Fun Facts

Red fox have whiskers on their legs and face, which hep them to navigate.