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The fox is a clever mammal that has large ears and a long, bushy tail. It lives in many different habitats, including forests, deserts, scrub, plains, grasslands, and Arctic snow. Many live in the area where forests meet farms. Foxes are found in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and South America. A fox can live up to 13 years in captivity. Predators of the fox include the wolf and man. Foxes will double back on their own tracks in order to confuse their enemies.

A male fox is called a reynard, the female is called a vixen, and the baby is called a kit. A group of foxes is called a skulk or a leash.

Anatomy: Foxes range from 14 to 39 inches (36 to 99 cm) long with a tail 7 to 20 inches (18 to 51 cm) long. The long, bushy tail, sometimes called a sweep, helps the fox change direction quickly and keeps the fox's feet and nose warm when it curls up to sleep. Foxes have sharp, curved claws, sharp teeth, and thick, insulating fur.

Diet: Foxes are mostly carnivores (meat-eaters). Most foxes hunt alone. They are nocturnal; they hunt mostly at night. Foxes eat small mammals (like mice), eggs, birds, insects, amphibians (like frogs), reptiles (like lizards), fish, grass, berries, nuts, and carrion (carcasses of animals that they find).

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