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Red Fox

Kaylie Blatt and Zachary Sucena

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About its life:

The lifespan of the Red Fox is 2-5 years if it’s in the wild. It also has a scientific name which is “Vulpes vulpes”. The Red Fox can reach up to 4.9-31 lbs as an adult. This animal lives in diverse habitats like forests,deserts and grasslands. They also adapt very well to human environments. These animals are active during the night and are nocturnal. Most of the day they are sleeping.

Appearance:

By their name some people will think that a red foxes fur is reddish-brown, but it can also be black or silver. They have long bushy tails called a sweep or a brush, they have a tip of white fur at the end of their tails. The back of their ears and some parts of their legs are black. During the winter and fall, they will grow more fur. This is called winter fur. It keeps the animal warm in cold environments.

It sheds its fur during the spring.

Behavior:

Red foxes are solitary hunters. This means that they mostly hunt alone. In the winter a fox claims its own territory and then pairs up with others in the winter. They are nocturnal so they mostly go out at night. They hear low sounds very well. They can hear small animals digging underground, so they will sometime dig to catch them.

How they got their name:

The red fox got their name from the Latin word for fox which is “vulpes”; scientists like to use this word to call the fox.

It’s Diet:

A red fox is a omnivore. They eat berries, fruits, grasses. They eat birds and small mammals like squirrels, rabbits and mice. They eat crickets, caterpillars, grasshoppers, beetles, and crayfish as a large part of their diet.

How it calls:

There are many ways that Red Foxes call each other. Some of these ways are called, Rapid onset, Warning call.These calls are function barks. They also have growls that are aggressive which can be used to scare off other animals.These foxes also use defensive screams, and threat screams.

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