Fox

  1. A group of foxes are called skulks or leashes.
  2. A male fox is called a reynold, a female is called a vixen, and babies are called kits.
  3. Depending on the species, foxes range in size. They usually weigh 13 pounds.
  4. Foxes are characterized by sharp muzzle and fluffy tail. The color of the fur can be red, brown, black, grey, silver or white, depending on their environment.
  5. The tip of the tail is always white.
  6. The tips of their ears and feet are always black.
  7. Foxes share some similarities with cats. They have retractable claws and vertical pupils.
  8. Vertical pupils are typical for animals that are nocturnal. Foxes see well at dim light. Besides good night eyesight, foxes have excellent sense of smell and hearing. They use these senses to detect the prey.
  9. Foxes prefer meat and they will readily hunt birds, rodents, small mammals and reptiles. They are also able to dig and eat human waste and different types of fruit and berries.
  10. Most species of foxes are solitary. Rare species live and hunt in small packs.
  11. Foxes can run up to 30 miles per hour because of their slender body.
  12. Grey foxes are the only members of the dog family that are able to climb the tree.
  13. Foxes dig underground dens, where they hide from the predators and take care of their babies.
  14. Some typical predators of foxes are wolves, bears, mountain lions and coyotes.
  15. Foxes mate once per year. Peak of the mating season is in January. During that time, foxes produce screeching sounds that can be heard during the night and in the early hours.
  16. Pregnancy lasts 53 days and it ends with 3 to 6 pups. They are unable to see, hear or walk in the first couple of days of their life and depend completely on their mother.
  17. When kits grow enough to be able to eat meat, the mother starts to vomit swallowed food to feed her pups. Eww! Gross!
  18. Foxes live up to 3 years in the wild and up to 10 years in captivity.