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Fox Facts for Kids

  • Common Name: Fox
  • Class:: Mammalia
  • Family: Canidae
  • Subfamily: Caninae
  • Total Species: 14
  • Diet: Omnivorous (Meat and Plants)
  • First Appeared: ~6 million years ago

21 Fox Facts For Kids

  1. Fox is the common name for a group of dog-like mammals in the Canidae family.
  2. True foxes belong to the Vulpes genus and there are 12 species of foxes under Vulpes.
  3. Along with the 12 species of foxes in the Vulpes genus there are an additional 47 subspecies.
  4. The most common depiction of a fox is the red fox (Vulpes vulpes).
  5. The habitat range for all fox species is worldwide except for Antarctica.
  6. The preferred habitat for a fox depends on the species, some prefer to live in deserts, while others prefer to live in the arctic.
  7. The corsac fox (Vulpes corsac) is an example of a fox species that lives in semiarid deserts.
  8. The Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) is an example of a fox species that lives in the Arctic tundra.
  9. Foxes can live in a wide variety of habitats, their opportunistic mammals and thrive wherever there is food, water, and shelter.
  10. Foxes are known to hoard or cache their food for consumption on a later date or during the winter months.
  11. True fox species are nocturnal, which means their active at night, but tend to be active at dawn and dusk.
  12. Foxes are omnivores and eat both meat and plant material.
  13. The diet of a fox includes grass, flowering plants, small vertebrate, and invertebrates.
  14. Foxes are scavengers and frequently visit human inhabited areas to find food in garbage.
  15. The average lifespan for fox species is between 2 and 4 years, but in some rare cases they can live for up to 10 years.
  16. The largest fox species is the red fox with an average weight between 9 and 19 pounds.
  17. The smallest fox species is the fennec fox (Vulpes zerda) with an average weight between 1.5 and 3.5 pounds.
  18. The fastest running fox species is the swift fox (Vulpes velox) with a running speed up to 25 miles per hour.
  19. The most widely spread and abundant fox species is the red fox, which can be found on five continents.
  20. The silver fox (Vulpes vulpes forma amicus) has been domesticated under laboratory conditions.
  21. Fox hunting is a recreational outdoor activity that involves tracking, chasing, and killing a fox, usually using foxhounds.

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Fox Pictures

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the below images will be helpful for your research on foxes. Below are six pictures of various fox species. These pictures should help you better understand the different types of foxs found around the world.

The red fox (Vulpes vulpes)

A picture of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes).

The Bengal fox (Vulpes bengalensis)

A picture of the Bengal fox (Vulpes bengalensis).

The Cape fox (Vulpes chama)

A picture of the Cape fox (Vulpes chama).

The Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus)

A picture of the Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus).

The swift fox (Vulpes velox)

A picture of the swift fox (Vulpes velox).

The fennec fox (Vulpes zerda)

A picture of the fennec fox (Vulpes zerda).

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