FOX VIXEN AND KITS
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the best known member of the fox family, the red foxs cleverness
is legendary. Its range includes North and Central America, North
Africa, Europe and Asia. In the United States it is found in every
state but Florida and Hawaii. Most red foxes live around the edges
of forests or open land, but some have adapted to life in suburban
areas as well.
red foxes weigh only about ten to fifteen pounds, but because
of their long, thick fur and bushy tails they appear larger. Their
beautiful fur ranges in color from brown or tan to red.
much of their time looking for something to eat, red foxes hunt
mostly at night, and may travel as many as five miles in search
of food. They consume large numbers of small rodents, snakes and
insects, but will eat almost anything they can find or catch,
including fruit, earthworms, eggs, frogs, and lizards.
foxes mate in midwinter. After mating, the female vixen seeks
out a place to make a den. Rather than digging a new den, she
often selects an abandoned burrow of another animal and enlarges
it to her liking. About seven weeks after mating, a litter of
four to seven young kits are born. The male dog does all the hunting,
leaving food for his mate at an entrance to the den. He helps
supply food for his family until late summer. By autumn, the young
are self-sufficient and go off on their own.
© 1998 Terry White, Drawing © 1998 Bill Harrah.