Hi! If you want to learn about Red foxes, this is the place! I think you will be able to see that these animals are not vicious and are actually very beautiful creatures.
The Red fox is an animal related to the dog. Their fur can be a red, black, or even silver! They are usually seen in red fur though. The Red foxes tail is called a brush.They can weigh seven to thirteen pounds. They are about 42 inches (106 centimeters) long. They are classified as carnivores, which are meat eaters,but are actually omnivores. That means they eat animals and plants. Red foxes spend more time out at night than in the day, so they are nocturnal animals.
Red fox babies are called kits or pups. When they are born, they weigh about 113 grams. Kits start out with blue eyes,but as they grow older, they grow into a honey color. The female, also called the vixen, will usually have three to six pups. The father,which is the dog fox, teaches the kits to hunt. The mother or father will regurgarate (throw up) food for the pups so they will have soft food to eat. The healthiest and strongest pup will get the most food. The kits open their eyes after about nine days.
Red foxes mate in the spring. Before they mate though, the vixen and dog fox will spend time together and play. Sometimes, two dog foxes will fight over a vixen. The male that wins will get the female.
Red foxes have many special features. They are sly and clever. They can run up trees and hear a mouse moving 100 feet (30 meters) away. Red foxes will even smell an odor one mile away from where its standing!They can run very fast.
Most of the Red foxes' prey is voles, mice, rabbits, rats, hares, ground nesting birds, insects and fruit. Sometimes they will hunt down chickens and other small farm animals for food. Some of it's predators are pumas, wolverines, and golden eagles. Full grown foxes have a set of 42 teeth. They have canine teeth, incisors and molars.
Red foxes live in dens-usually, but sometimes they even live in drainpipes! Red foxes live in the forest. When they dig a den, Red foxes make the tunnel slanting up, so if it rains, the water won't flood their home.