Many people are intrigued with foxes. Having both dog-like and cat-like qualities, these adorable critters capture the hearts of many, so much so, that many people are trying to domesticate these little cuties. Today, we at Carve Me A Bear! Chainsaw Carvings would like to discuss fun fox facts.
Interesting Fox Facts
1) Foxes relate more to cats than dogs. Foxes are nocturnal similarly to cats. They have increased visibility in dim light due to their vertically slanted pupils. Using their whiskers to navigate and even stalk their prey like cats, foxes also climb trees. Just like cats, grey foxes can retract their claws, too. While red foxes have a similar appearance to dogs, grey foxes also more closely resemble cats. Female foxes are called vixens and male foxes are called dogs as well. Using the balls of their feet to silently and elegantly stride, foxes even tread like cats.
2) Underground dens are where foxes live. Living in underground dens, fox families, also known as a skulk or leash of foxes. A litter of foxes can range between one and 11 pups when the vixen has her pups, and they live in the den together for seven months while the pups grow. While the dog fox gathers food, the pups live in the den with the vixen. From predators, such as wolves, coyotes, and bears, these underground dens also provide shelter from predators. The largest threat to foxes are humans, however. There are safe ways to remove them without harming or killing them since many homeowners do not wants foxes meandering around their property.
3) Foxes smell. Foxes stink because at the base of their tails, they have a sickly, musty scent that comes from the glands. It may be an indicator that foxes are near if you start smelling this around your home or in your crawl space.
4) There are 40 different sounds foxes make. Foxes can produce a variety of sounds, as it turns out, and up to 40 to be exact. Their scream-like howl is the most noticeable. The most common noises made by foxes is Gekkering, a series of guttural chattering, that is especially used in a dispute. Specifically red foxes are highly territorial. Foxes are likely to chatter loudly back and forth in defense of their home, in the event another fox intrudes into its territory.
5) Foxes are solitary. Foxes are solitary creatures, unlike their coyote and canine relatives. Except when they’re busy raising their young in their den, they prefer to hunt and sleep alone.
6) They have impeccable hearing. According to experts, red foxes can hear a watch ticking from 40 yards away. In order to identify prey underground, their impeccable hearing helps them. Foxes use the Earth’s magnetic field to locate their prey. What makes them pretty fierce predators, this in combination with their sensitive hearing.
7) Extremely playful are foxes. Foxes love to play, as they are even known to steal golf balls from golf courses to play with. With other foxes and other animals, even deer, foxes play, and even alone.
Common Species of Fox
The top 12 true type species include:
– Red fox
– Fennec fox
– Pale fox
– Cape fox
– Rüppell’s Fox
– Tibetan sand fox
– Arctic fox
– Bengal fox
– Blanford’s fox
– Corsac fox
– Kit fox
– Swift fox
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