Red Fox

1. WHERE IT LIVES

The red fox can be found in most of the United States and Canada. 
The red fox can also be found on other parts of the world.
The red fox makes its home in wooded areas, prairies and farmland. 

2. APPEARANCE

They are small with a pointy face and ears, making them look like a dog. They are graceful with a slim body. Their fur is long and red, with a matching bushy tail. The male foxes are a bit bigger than the female foxes. The main color of their fur is red, black, or brown, but they usually have black on their paws, behind their ears, and on their nose. There is also white on the belly, throat and tail.

3. FOOD      

The red fox is a omnivore.  That means they eat meat and plants. Their dinner could include meat like mice, rabbits, fish and squirrels.  They also eat berries or fruit. Sometimes the fox eats insects such as caterpillars, grasshoppers and beetles. Even when the red fox is full it still hunts. It can also store its extra food under leaves, snow or dirt.

4.PREDATORS

The most dangerous predator is humans. Some other predators are wolves, coyotes, bobcats, lynxes and cougars

5. THE YOUNG

The red fox has babies through January and March.  A red foxes’ baby is called a kit. The mother will make one or more dens (homes). Then if something happens to one, there is another to keep the babies safe. A mother fox can have one to ten babies. After the babies are born the male will bring food for them to eat. The babies start playing outside the den when they are about one month old. The babies have to wait awhile before they can eat live food like rabbits. The babies leave their mother when they are about seven months old.

6. INTERESTING FACTS

The fox stalks its live food, much like a cat.
It gets as close as it can and then pounces and chases its prey.
Sometimes it will sleep in the open, wrapping its bushy tail around its nose to stay warm.
The red fox is mostly a night animal, although it will sometimes go out in the day.
The red fox hears low sounds very well.
It can hear animals digging underground and will dig in the dirt or snow to catch them.

7. OTHER RED FOX WEBSITES

http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure/wilderness/animals/redfox.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_fox
http://www.nature.ca/notebooks/english/redfox.htm
http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?id=102

 
Researched by Kate & Amanda - 8D - CMJHS
 
© 2007 - Diane Baillargeon - Carseland School & Korilee Marks - Greentree School