The fox is part of the canines as well as jackals, wolves and dogs. There are species of foxes that can be found on all continents. Foxes can survive in forests, grasslands, mountains, as well as in the Arctic circle. You can also find them in the countryside and near urban areas. The most common species is the red fox. Some species of foxes are in danger of extinction due to their slow reproduction and inability to adapt to changes in the environment.
- Foxes can run up to 30 miles per hour.
- Foxes are nocturnal, which means that they are normally awake at night, when you are asleep.
- Foxes have small stomachs, so they eat small amounts throughout the day. They eat almost anything. Rodents are their favorite food and they are expert hunters of mice, rabbits and squirrels. They also eat birds, insects, and lizards. If they live near people, they will try to eat leftovers. It is common for these to bury their food to eat it later.
- Foxes have long bushy tails and elongated snouts. Their ears are large and triangular with which they can listen to their prey. They have retractable claws like cats.
- Foxes live in dens in the ground or in old trees.
- When they are very bored, foxes will sometimes catch mice just to play with them, instead of eating them.
- The fox has a litter of 3 to 6 cubs. The young cannot see, hear or walk in the first days of their lives and are completely dependent on the mother.
- The fox can live up to 4 years in the wild and up to 10 years in captivity.