Some Fox Facts You Need to Know

Submitted by on Mar 1, 2016


Foxes are small to medium-sized omnivorous mammals belonging to several genera canines.

The fox is the smallest member of the dog family, but it also has much in common with cats – a vertical slit eyes and retractable claws. They also prey like a cat stalking its prey, and to play with them before killing it. Keep reading to find more interesting facts about foxes.

  • Fox species include the gray fox, red fox, arctic fox, dwarf fox and fennec. Red Fox is the most common. There are 21 species of fox. They have a term of 2 to 5 years, but some of them lived up to 14 years in captivity.
  • Fox also has much in common with a cat. They have vertical slits of eyes and partially retractable claws.
  • Foxes are excellent tree climbers, and they mark their territory by the smell of urine. They also prey like a cat. They stalk their prey in the same way as cats. They often play with their victims before killing it.
  • Foxes live throughout North America. They adapt very easily and can go in the deep woods, or suburban area. They make their home in barns, in the hollows of trees, holes in the ground, and wooden piles.
  • Foxes are predators, which means they eat meat. Their diet includes rodents, rabbits, insects and small birds. If they live near a farm, they will intrude into the chicken coop and stealing chickens. Furthermore, they will eat the vegetation.
  • Popular fox species are Red fox, Fennec, Arctic, Gray & Culpeo.

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