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Vulpes vulpes, Urocyon cinereoargenteus, Vulpes macrotis

Gray Fox Facts
  • Habitat: Chaparral, wooded areas, mountains, canyons, denser brush, slopes of rocky ridges, desert
  • Status: Least concern
  • Diet: Omnivores whose preferences vary according to season and availability. Generally speaking, they'll eat rodents, birds, eggs, worms, etc. 
  • Weight: 7-14 lbs.
  • Size: 12-16" tall; 35-41" long
  • Lifespan: 6-10 years in the wild; up to 20 years in captivity
  • Interesting Facts
    • The gray fox is one of only two canine species known to regularly climb trees.





Red Fox Facts
  • Habitat: Grasslands, deserts, thick forests, icy planes, and even urban areas
  • Status: Least concern
  • Diet: Same as gray fox above - omnivores that vary preference depending on seasonal availability
  • Weight: 6.5-24 lbs.
  • Size: 13.8-19.7" tall; 17.7-35.4" long
  • Lifespan: 2-6 years in the wild; 10-14 years in captivity
  • Interesting Facts
    • A red fox's tail measures about 1/3 of its length. In cold weather it serves as warm cover. It also serves as a signal flag to communicate with other foxes.
    • Two variant colorations live in the Southwest Wildlife Sanctuary: marble and silver. Look at the picture at the bottom of the page to see examples of how red foxes aren't always red!





Kit Fox Facts
  • Habitat: Deserts, desert edges, chaparral, scrub, savanna, grasslands, sand dunes
  • Status: Least concern
  • Diet: Omnivores like the other foxes above
  • Weight: 3.5-6 lbs.
  • Size: 10-12" tall; 17-21" long
  • Interesting Facts
    • In relation to their body, kit foxes have massive ears for improved thermoregulation - and of course, hearing.