In virtually every area they’re our neighbor. They are the quiet guy that lives down the road and you know he lives there if not you encounter him.
This is part of why though foxes are in the Canid / Dog Family which makes them carnivores they’re still opportunistic eaters. You will find the things on the normal fox diet; rabbits, snakes, rats, rodents, birds, road kill for example, but based on the region all types of”additional foods” will be added. They may contain fruits, berries, vegetables, bugs, fish, eggs or anything else can help fill the belly.
Following a gestation period of 50-53 times the kits are born with their eyes shut. Eyes will start in about two weeks, and somewhere around 5 months they will begin to venture out of their den. Mom & Dad will work as a team taking turns searching to be certain their family stays hydrated. They’re also excellent hoarders for your upcoming lean time. Stashing and burying what they can not eat for another meal.
With this much thought in their family you’d think a fox would run in packs, like wolves, but this isn’t so. A fox prefers solitary searching and generally if you see them in classes its a family unit with older children that have not abandoned the den yet and are being taught the fine art of earning a living.
They have some of the greatest litters of foxes, likely because of their high mortality rate.
The Swift is a really vocal little fox. Only about 40 percent of it’s historic range stays. The Swift Fox was recorded as extinct in Canada before reintroduction programs upped the population. It’s still listed as protected in america. The Swift Fox gets it’s name from how it’s… faaast! It’s been clocked running at greater than 60 Km per hour.
The Gray Fox enjoys the canyons, open desert, chaparral, mountainous regions and among boulders on the slopes of rocky ridges are a few of the areas this fox lives. These foxes have a special trait, they could climb trees as though they were in the cat family.
They have a black tipped tail rather than the white tip that the Red Fox has.
Now the Red Fox is among the most common foxes. This is the one the majority of us have observed. The Gray and the Red Foxes are one of the largest and the broadest spread. The majority of the Pacific countries have a bigger Grey Fox inhabitants then Red Fox. The further east you go the more Red Foxes until on the opposite side of the countries the Red is more widespread. With this said… here in Colorado we see LOTS more Crimson rather than Gray Foxes.
The Silver Fox is most commonly located in the North Western area of the United States. These pelts were worth a lot and the bad Silver Fox was nearly hunted and trapped outside. Fortunately now under protection they’re making a return.
It’s regarded as one of the nation’s most vulnerable creatures as a result of small population left. Kit foxes prefer to occupy semi-desert scrubland. They live in tiny groups with many dens and numerous entrances.
So remember when you see that fox… he is just out trying to earn a living.