Facts About The Red Fox

The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a medium-sized, reddish-brown carnivorous mammal belonging to the Canidae family like dogs and wolves. Red foxes prefer habitats containing small openings such as forest edges, hedgerows, marshes, swamps, or rocky outcrops because they can move more freely when escaping from predators.

A brief description

The red fox has relatively short limbs and thick fur, which vary depending on the season; during warmer seasons, its coat can be grayish or reddish-orange, while it can be brown during colder seasons. Its tail is bushy and colored darker than its back. Because of that, it easily blends into woods when running away from predators such as coyotes or bears. Also notable are their triangular ears (usually bigger in males than in females) and a white-tipped tail used to signal fear or submission.
Foxes can hear higher frequencies than humans but with poorer discrimination of pitch.

Can a fox be dangerous?

Red foxes are not dangerous to humans, that is, unless provoked. The species is very similar in appearance to the larger and more aggressive gray wolf, or timber wolf (Canis lupus), which has led to many encounters with humans and is a source for various fiction stories. While some people have been bitten by a red fox when attempting to approach it too closely or pet it, there are no recorded instances of death from fox bites in North America.

They do not appear to have territorial markings like other canines but will defend their dens (usually abandoned burrows or hollow tree trunks) from intruders by baring their teeth or, if necessary, fight them with bites and scratches less than lethal enough to avoid serious injuries; however, some red fox populations may aggressively confront these trespassers until they leave the area.

Is a fox a dog?

No, they are not. They are both members of the Canidae family, though. The word “fox” describes a group of mammals related in appearance and behavior to dogs but have evolved separately for millions of years.

Can a fox climb on trees?

Many people think that the red fox cannot climb trees because they do not have claws like some other animals. The red fox doesn’t care, though! It has been observed to climb trees. Just not as high as other animals like cats or squirrels. The red fox needs an object to jump up a tree, like a branch or a tree trunk.

What does a fox eat?

The red fox usually hunts alone at night, and its diet includes mostly meat; they consume rabbits, rodents, fish, and occasionally carrion, like a vulture, and insects such as grasshoppers. They also eat fruits such as apples (if available), berries, and grapes when other food sources are scarce.

Fox versus Coyote

The red fox and the coyote are often mistaken, but they have many differences. For example, the red fox is larger, has a shorter muzzle, thicker fur, and smaller ears than the coyote. Red foxes also tend to be more aggressive and territorial than coyotes.

Red fox vs. gray wolf

If you look at the internal anatomy of these two animals, there is quite a bit that separates them from each other. Their body structure varies drastically and what we find inside of them. Compared to an adult gray wolf skull, the red fox skull is about half the wolf’s length, primarily due to its shorter muzzle. The eyes and ears are farther apart on a fox than on a wolf. Red Foxes have bulging foreheads that give them larger braincases and, thus, an increase in their intelligence over that of wolves. The teeth of both animals differ significantly: while wolves only possess 4 premolars per side, foxes have 5 on each side, along with 3 molars in comparison to the gray wolf’s 2 – 1 on the upper jaw and one long canine tooth.

Do foxes hibernate?

They mostly sleep during autumn, winter, and spring by staying underground in caves or dens to keep warm during the cold weather. During winter, they may hibernate, but most red foxes only go into a deep sleep for about four days at the end of each month when there is little food, and it’s cold.

Average lifespan

Foxes have an average lifespan of six years in the wild, but some have been known to live more than 11 years if living free-range. Their lifespans are often longer in captivity because of better food and medical care.

Facts About Their Love Life

Red Foxes tend to be solitary creatures but may live in small family groups, including up to six breeding adults and young kits. When living together, they establish an order known as a dominance hierarchy, with the strongest foxes eating first while weaker ones wait for leftovers.
Females reach sexual maturity in one year, but males tend to be sexually mature after two years; the mating season is usually between late January and early March, while births are from mid-February to May (depending on location). The gestation period of foxes is about 50 days long with an average litter size of 4-5 kits, known as pups. Kits become independent a month after birth and can find food by themselves but remain with their parents until they reach adulthood at 9 months old.
A male red fox usually has more than one mate while he mates with her for life; mating occurs early in late winter or spring. The female will have between 4 and 7 cubs at a time–usually 2-5 kits per year. After 7 weeks, the cubs leave their mother and set off on their own to find territory to live in.

When do foxes give birth?

It is usually when the vixens (female foxes) are ready to give birth in the springtime. A litter usually consists of 2-5 kits (young). They will be born blind and helpless, but within three weeks, they start opening their eyes and following around their mother, who teaches them what to hunt for so that they can take care of themselves when she leaves. Later on, in September or October, it is the breeding season again; from then on until February, there may be mating going on nonstop to produce more offspring during this time. Exactly how many kits each litter contains varies depending on the time of year.

They’re faster than you!

The red fox can run up to 35 miles per hour (55 kph), which means they are one of the fastest mammals on Earth. They are also excellent swimmers.

They do not appear to have territorial markings like other canines but will defend their dens (usually abandoned burrows or hollow tree trunks) from intruders by baring their teeth or, if necessary, fight them with bites and scratches less than lethal enough to avoid serious injuries; however, some red fox populations may aggressively confront these trespassers until they leave the area.


While living close to farms, farmers often hunt red foxes for preying on farm-raised animals such as chickens and rabbits; others are trapped for their fur. This is also the case in urban areas where they may be seen as pests for killing songbirds from backyards.

Red foxes are killed in certain parts of their range because they were believed to infect other animals with rabies or carry this disease themselves; however, research has shown that this belief is not valid since this species only becomes infected when bitten by an already sick animal.

The adaptations made by red foxes throughout their evolution allow them to thrive despite growing competition with humans for food sources. However, habitat alterations caused by us continue to threaten the existence of this species in many parts of the world; we, therefore, need to work harder to understand how human activities affect red foxes and what we can do to protect them.

Can they be pets?

No! Foxes are wild animals that belong in the forest. Several states ban people from keeping foxes as pets. For several reasons, foxes are not good pets.

– Foxes cannot be trained to do tricks as dogs and cats can. They will never learn to play fetch or sit on command, so they’re no fun to play with.

– Red foxes smell bad and are known to pee everywhere (to mark “their” territory).

– If you take your pet fox for a walk, it will probably run away from you at the first chance it gets. Even if you keep it on a leash, there’s still no guarantee that it won’t do its best to escape – and run into traffic or get lost in the woods. 

These are just some of the reasons why red foxes make terrible pets. At best, a person who buys one or catches one will have to spend lots of money on its enclosure and care; at worst, they’ll lose their new pet forever because wild animals want to be left alone in the forest where they can roam free.

But guess what? If you love foxes, get an art print from our store instead! Much cheaper than a pet fox and it doesn’t pee on your pillow when you’re not at home!