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The fox is a scavenger carnivours dog, generally found in urban city areas in the northern Hemisphere. The fox is a nocturnal mammal, meaning that the fox only goes out a night to hunt for prey.

Wild foxes tend live for around 6-7 years, but some foxes have been known to be older than 13 in captivity. The wild fox hunts for the mouse and other small mammals and birds, but foxes appear to enjoy all species of insect.

A fox is generally smaller than other members of the dog family like wolves, jackals and domestic dogs. Foxes can be a pest in the cities as foxes are often seen tearing into rubbish.

There are around 12 different species of fox found around the world, which include the urban fox or red fox, the beautifully white Arctic fox, the sand fox which is a light-coloured fox found in desert regions and the tiny yet big eared fennec fox.

Foxes in Europe have been the victims of fox hunting, an extremely controversial sport that involves humans on horses hunting out the fox, lead by a pack of hound dogs which would find the fox by following the scent of the fox. Fox hunting in this manner is now illegal, although it is still allowed if the sport only contains humans on horseback, without the use of their clever but somewhat vicious dogs.

The fox is also found in the more rural areas of the Northern hemisphere, although fox numbers in the countryside are outnumbered by fox numbers in cities as due to the foxes scavenging nature, food is more readily available in the urban streets.

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"This article has interested me about foxes!! "


"I obviously love Foxes- most likely due to my name! I am a canine vet so I do come across tame or domestic foxes so I always find it great to check up on my facts. The facts are basic and easy to remember which is good for children, Keep up the good work guys! :)"

Petey Reasearch

"Good but would be nice if showed in what conditions it lived in"

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Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
A group of animals within a pylum...
A group of animals within a class...
A group of animals within an order...
A group of animals within a family...
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Vulpes vulpes
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
40cm - 83cm (16in - 33in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
5kg - 11kg (11lbs - 24lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
48km/h (29mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
3 - 11 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Black, Tan, Red
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Rabbit
The specific area where the animal lives...
Woodland areas and urban parks
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Rabbits, Birds, Lizards
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Human, Bears, Eagles
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Pointed ears and long bushy tail

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