Around The World In 80 Foxes
Ok, so it’s just 8 – but we know how much you guys and gals love foxes & we wanted to take a break from how disheartening politics is at the moment. So, we thought we’d share with you some foxes from around the world.
The species we are used to here in England is Vulpes vulpes – the red fox, and whilst they are beautiful – there’s a whole world of foxes out there! You can find out more about red foxes here.
The Fennec Fox
Vulpus Zerda. The Fennec fox is the smallest in the family, originating from the hot Sahara, they deal with the heat with their nocturnal habits. They have distinctive (and quite cute) bat like ears which are overly sized in proportion to their body at around 6 inches!
Fennec foxes only grow to up to 20 cm in height, 40 cm in length and 1.5 kg in mass, they are energetic friendly creatures on the whole and although fairly rare in the UK, they are sometimes kept as pets but are very high maintenance, full of energy and cannot be let out of sight as they probably wont come back.
The Arctic Fox
Vulpes lagopus. The arctic fox has thick fur to keep it warm in the -70 c temperatures it has to endure. Arctic foxes grow to up to 30 cm in height, 100 cm in length and 10 kg in weight (slightly smaller for females).
Their fur is snow white and acts as a camouflage when looking for food – they have an unusual but surprisingly effective method of catching prey which involves diving headfirst into the snow.
They are unfortunately a target due to their fur, which is used for coats and scarfs – whilst fur farming is seeing its demise, it is still legal in some countries and the foxes are kept in horrific conditions.
The Swift Fox
Vulpes Velox. Swift foxes are not dissimilar in appearances to the red fox, however, they are slightly smaller – standing at up to 30 cm tall 60 cm in length and weighing around 3 kg. They are generally found in the western grasslands of North America and their diet consists of small mammals such as rats, mice, squirrels and rabbits.
Foxy Fact: True to their name ‘swift’ Foxes can run at speeds of up to 40 mph!
The Tibetan Sand Fox
Vulpes ferrilata. Tibetan Sand Foxes are recognisable due to their unusual facial features. They are slightly larger than the foxes we have featured so far coming in at a body length of up to 120 cm and weighing around 6 kg.
They have thick grey fur with pale bellies, what makes them so unqiue though is their broad square heads and slanted eyes – kind of like the look your mum gives you when she has to call your name for the 3rd time.
Vulpes corsac. Unfortunately commonly hunted for their beautiful fur, Corsac Foxes are much more social than most of the fox family and will share burrows with other adults and even hunt in packs. Despite the threat from the fur trade, they thrive in their arid environments, able to go without food and water for extended periods of time.
They reach up to 95 cm in length and 5 kg in weight. These animals are fabled due to their close resemblance in appearance to wolves.
Bat Eared Fox
Otocyon megalotis. Bat Eared Foxes are not considered ‘true foxes’ as per their Latin name, but are very closely related to the fox genus, and given their name due to their distinctively bat like ears, they look like the older, more rebellious brother of the fennec fox and are found in the African Savanna.
They have tawny brown fur with jet black ears that grow up to 13 cm in length, huge in comparison to their 55 cm body (excluding tail). Unlike most foxes, the majority of their diet is insects – with 90% of it made up of termites!
Crab Eating Fox
Cerdocyon thous. Also known as the forest or wood fox, given there name because they often search for crabs to eat on the muddy plains during wet season, but will also eat insects, rodents and birds when available.
They reach up to 100 cm in length, 40 cm in height and weigh in at around 5 kg. They have a brown/grey fur and shorter tails than most other foxes, they also have slightly smaller heads in proportion to their bodies, unlike the red fox, crab eating foxes are easily tamed and will also often stick together in small packs.
The Red Fox
Vulpes Vulpes. We couldn’t finish without featuring the red fox, one of Britain’s most loved and iconic mammals. We’ll leave you with a few of our favourite photos of this beloved creature.
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