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Foxes and Baby Foxes

In the wild, foxes can live for up to 10 years, but most foxes only live for 2 to 3 years due to hunting, road accidents and diseases. Foxes are generally smaller than other members of the family Canidae such as wolves, jackals, and domestic dogs. Male foxes are called Reynards, and weigh, on average, around 5.9 kilograms (13 lb) while female foxes, called vixens, weigh less, at around 5.2 kilograms (11.5 lb). Fox-like features typically include a distinctive muzzle (a "fox face") and bushy tail. Other physical characteristics vary according to habitat. For example, the fennec fox (and other species of fox adapted to life in the desert, such as the kit fox) has large ears and short fur, whereas the Arctic fox has tiny ears and thick, insulating fur. Another example is the red fox which has a typical auburn pelt, the tail normally ending with white marking. Litter sizes can vary greatly according to species and environment – the Arctic fox, for example, has an average litter of four to five, with

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Ten Fun Fox Facts

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fireangls4 says: 7 Months Ago
1) A group of foxes is called a skulk or leash.

2) Foxes have whiskers on their legs and face, which help them to navigate.

3) Grey foxes can retract their claws like cats do.

4) A male is called a ‘dog fox’ while a female is called a ‘vixen’.

5) Foxes are generally solitary animals; unlike wolves, they hunt on their own rather than in packs.

6) Foxes dig underground dens where they take care of their kits and hide from predators.

7) Their pupils are vertical, similar to a cat, helping them to see well at night.

8) The tip of a red fox’s tail is white, whereas swift foxes have a black-tipped tail.

9) Foxes have excellent hearing. Red foxes can reportedly hear a watch ticking 40 yards away!

10) Foxes stink, their funny ‘musky’ smell comes from scent glands at the base of their tail.
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