The Fox

general information

Foxes are small to medium sized omnivores (they eat plants and meat). They belong to a family called "Canidae"- consisting of canine-like animals. The most common type is the red fox (Vulpes vulpes):


Male foxes are called dogs, tods or reynards, females are vixens, and babies are cubs, pups, or kits.A group of foxes is referred to as a skulk, leash, or earth.

Foxes are normally smaller than other Canidae (e.g. wolves, jackals, and domestic dogs). Foxes, and other creatures like them, generally have a triangular-faced head, pointed ears, black whiskers, and a bushy tail. Unlike many other canines, they have semi-retractable claws. Unfortunately, they are considered pests, and often kill small animals in forests and on farms. This has led to hunters and farmers killing them to protect the creatures (and sometimes even for fun!).




Quiz Time! 1.What is the average lifespan of a red fox?


2.What is the average weight of an adult red fox?


Click here for information on a fox's behaviour