Foxes are small mammal, from the Canidae family. There are 12 species of Vulpes genus, known as true foxes, and another 25 spices of ‘’ordinary’’ foxes. Although they are members of the same family as wolves and jackals, they are much smaller. The biggest fox, red fox, males can weigh between 4 and 9 kg. The smallest foxes, the Fennec fox, weights 0.7-1.6 kg. All foxes look the same, triangular head, big ears and a big tail. The only difference is in color. Their color ranges from white to black and from pearly white to black!
Although they all look similar, the two species are different. Fennec foxes are adapted for life in a desert. They need less water and have much bigger ears than ordinary foxes. They are used to keep their body cool! On the other side, the arctic fox is white, has much thicker fur and smaller ears. They are known for the excellent survival skills.
Although they belong to the same family as wolves, foxes aren’t pack animals. They may live up to 10 years (but in the wild, average life span is 1-3 years). Most of them live in the smaller family groups, only exception is arctic fox, which live alone. Foxes eat insects, plants, and small animals. Most of them are predators, but some have specialized diets, like crab-eating fox. Almost all foxes eat about 1kg of food every day.
Foxes can be found almost everywhere! Their hunting started in the 16th century in England, and it is still popular in some countries. Today hunting foxes is considered as recreation, and it is popular in Russia, Canada, Serbia, Italy and in the US.