10 Things You Didn’t Know About Foxes

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foxWith the popular music video WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY sweeping across the country, we decided to put together a fun post about foxes. How many of these did you already know?

  1. Foxes are members of the dog family, along with wolves, coyotes and jackals. Together, they’re all considered canids.
  2. While some members of the canids (like wolves) live in groups called packs, foxes usually live alone.
  3. Female foxes are called vixens.
  4. The most abundant fox in North America is the red fox.
  5. Red foxes love hunting and eating rabbits, but it will also eat beetles, worms, frogs, birds, mice, fruit and a lot more.
  6. Foxes are popular children’s characters in books, movies and TV shows. Perhaps some of the most recognized fox characters include Tod from Fox in the Hound, Swiper from Dora the Explorer, Fox in Socks from Dr. Suess and maybe the most famous fox of them all—Robin from Disney’s 1973 movie, Robin Hood.
  7. The gray fox is also fairly common in North America. It has unique claws and can climb trees almost like a cat!
  8. The smallest fox in the world is the fennec fox. It lives in Africa, and it’s only about 9 to 16 inches!
  9. What eats a fox? Coyotes, wolves, bears and mountain lions are all mammals that will eat foxes. Also, young fox (called kits or cubs) have to watch out for eagles!
  10. Arctic foxes have two color phases! In the summer, they are dark gray or brown, but then in winter they change to a pure white because it helps them stay camouflaged in the snow. In North America, arctic foxes are in the far north parts of Canada and throughout Alaska.

PS: For those of you who really just want to know what the fox says, here’s a great YouTube video we found. Check it out.

Stacy is a gardener, birder, and naturalist, and the author of nearly 10 books, including The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book, The Secret Lives of Animals, Project Garden, and 101 Plants You Can't Kill.

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