9 Fascinating Facts about Foxes

Along with owls, foxes have always been a fascination with people. What do we actually know about these interesting animals? Let’s find out which are the most fascinating facts about this animal.

  1. Folklore is filled with stories about foxes. Finnish legends, for instance, feature them as having the power to change shape. Iceland folks have Skoffin and Skugga Baldur, fox-cat demons. In Ancient Greece, Aesop used a fox in one of his fables as a symbol of pride. South Korea and Japan have the nine-tailed fox. The latter has the power to turn into a human being whenever they please.
  2. The word fox comes from Vulpes Vulpes, a Latin word. They aren’t bigger or smaller than a medium-sized dog. An exception is the fennec fox. Their weight is between 11kg and 680g. Foxes belong to this family: the Canidae. As such, their relatives are the following: dogs, jackals, coyotes, raccoon dogs, and wolves. A fox is characterized by a pointy face. Its tail is bushy. While male foxes are called “dogs”, females have this name: “vixen”. Their offspring is known as a “cub”. The average number of cubs a female can have is 6. Foxes don’t live in packs; they’re solitary animals. This changes in winter, when foxes breed, and in spring, when males bring their families food. Cubs are cared for by both parents. The female fox is extremely protective of its offspring.

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    Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes)

  3. 37 fox species exist today. Out of the many species, the most common one is the red fox. Then there are these: Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus), Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda), Kit Fox and Gray Fox. Some trivia about the arctic fox since we mentioned it. -70 degrees °C is when they begin to feel cold!
  4. A fox’s ears are very sensitive. They can detect a sound from 120 feet (or 40 yards) away. Low-frequency sounds are also heard by these animals. Their legs and faces have whiskers. This makes it easier to get around places.
  5. Foxes have a diverse habitat. It doesn’t include Antarctica, though. But you can see them in Britain (they’re native there), deserts, mountains and forested areas. Foxes have been discovered in grasslands, too. A fox enjoys living in a burrow (otherwise known as a “den”). The word used when talking about a group of foxes is either “leash” or “earth”. You can also use “pack” of “skulk”.

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    Fenec fox (Vulpes zerda)

  6. The diet of a fox contains of different types of food. That’s because they’re omnivores. Apart from mice, rabbits, lizards and other small animals, a fox will also eat bugs. They’re even fond of these: fruit (such as berries) and birds. If their home is close to an ocean, foxes will look for crabs and various fish. In case it lives in a city, a fox won’t shy away from looking in trash cans. After finding food, a fox will cut the meat into chunks that are easy to eat; they do that via their shearing teeth. This means that foxes can’t chew meat. Hunting is usually done via 2 techniques: mousing leap and stalking. The former is used by reading the Earth’s magnetic field. If they don’t eat what they catch, foxes tend to bury the food and consume it at another time.
  7. The behavior of a fox ranges from aggressive to friendly. They’re even known to steal golf balls and play with them. A fox is able to run at a speed of 45 mph. They hunt during the night. Their eyes make it very easy to do that. Climbing trees is something foxes seem to enjoy.

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    Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus)

  8. In order to communicate between themselves, foxes use 28 kinds of calls. These range from howls to yips.
  9. The beautiful fur a fox has makes this animal one of the most targeted ones. Each year foxes are hunted using cruel techniques. Because of this, the fennec and arctic foxes feature as threatened species in this document: the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Apart from that, foxes have a short lifespan in the wild: only 3 years. In zoos, a fox will live up to 12 years. Fox hunting is especially popular in Britain.

These are our interesting, fascinating and unusual facts about foxes. Would you want one as your pet?

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