A Look at the Characteristics of the Red Fox

There are a number of different kinds of fox and they can differ quite a bit in appearance, hunting characteristics and habitat. One representative kind of fox is the red fox (Vulpes vulpes), since it is so wide-spread. To say that a red fox is an interesting creature would be a huge understatement. Those who have had the great fortune to live around these creatures have Probably learned that they possess talents that are hard to match by other carnivorous animals, particularly others in the canine or dog family. Those who haven’t been around foxes often make mistakes in identification and the physical characteristics of the animal are a key giveaway. The head of red foxes Foxes are members of the dog family. Still, they have a lot of adaptations that make them almost seem cat-like. For instance, a red fox has upright ears, ideal for hearing and like those of a cat. These foxes can hear the faintest rustling caused by a mouse or vole in much the same way that house cats can, and they are just as quick to pounce on the prey, which they also do in a similar way to a cat. The muzzle of a red fox is long and slender, giving the fox an excellent sense of smell, while allowing the eyes to face forward. Again, this is similar to a cat in that the red fox can smell its prey even before it sees it and it can detect slight movements, such as Continue Reading →

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