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The Red Fox-- The Grey Fox

Fox Facts

THE RED FOX

The RED FOX is the most common fox species on earth and can be found in continents except Austraila and Antarctica. In the US, this animal is found in all states. The red fox is a great adapter and survives in woodlands, farmlands and suburbs.

The average red weighs 10-15 pounds and is up to 44 inches long, head to tail. The tail is called a "brush" and can be pulled up over the head and body in bad weather to protect the face and provide warmth.

Though known for its auburn coat the "red" fox can also be black, silver, white or cream colored. The tip of the tail is always white.

After a gestation of 51-54 days, a litter of 6-8 pups are born. Reds give birth and raise their young in dens or "earths" which are usually underground burrows with multiple entrances. However, reds will also use tree hollows to den. Pups are often moved several times in the first 6 weeks. The vixen (female fox) primarily stays with the litter while the male hunts and defends the family. Pups are brown with red guard hairs sprouting up at 14 weeks.

Dens are only used for raising pups or temporary shelter in bad weather. Fox sleep in drain pipes, under brush piles and in the open, varying their resting place often.

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THE GREY FOX

The Grey fox has salt and pepper grey fur on its back and head but red fur on its underside with a black stripe running the length of its tail.

The tip of the tail is always black.

The grey is also known as the "tree fox" because of its ability to climb and sleep in trees. It can leap from limb to limb and often eats squirrels. It is also an excellent mouser. It uses it's front claws to grasp and the back legs to push when climbing.

Gestation is 51-63 days with an average of 4 pups per litter usually born in April or May. Greys den and sleep above ground, often under the cover of rock, log or brush piles, thickets or rocky outcroppings.

Greys are especially suceptible to canine distemper which is 100% fatal to them.

Greys are found only in North America. They have a range from Canada to Panama and are quite common in Florida.

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