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Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes)
Diet: Omnivore – rodents, rabbits, birds, earthworms, insects, dead animals. Urban foxes scavenge for leftovers.
Average life span in the wild: 18months-4 years up to 14 in captivity.
Size: Head & body – 46-86cm, tail 30.5 to 55.5cm
Weight: 3 to 11kg
Appearance: Dog like, point muzzle with bushy white tipped tail (tail aids in balance, to communicate with fellow foxes and also as a warm cover in cold weather). Reddish-brown coat, lower legs and back of ears are black.
The red fox lives in many diverse habitats and adapts to human environments such as farms and suburban areas. The fox is the most widespread and numerous predator in Britain. They are mainly active at night and their eyes have specially adapted to this. The fox breed once a year and mating occurs during the winter months, courting foxes can be heard barking. In March or April the cubs are born after a gestation period of 53 days, the cubs are blind but after 10-14 days their eyes open.
For thousands for years the fox has been hunted by humans. In the 1970s more foxes where killed than usual as fox fur was in high demand. Foxes also hunted for sport known as foxhunting this sport is now banned but the issue causes much debate.