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The Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes, is a clever mammal that has large ears and a long, bushy tail. It lives in many different habitats, including forests, deserts, steppes, grasslands, scrub, and plains. Many live in the area where forest meets farmland. Red Foxes are found in Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, and the far north of Africa. 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: The Red Fox is about 31 inches (79 cm) long with a tail 15 inches (38 cm) long. Males are larger than females. The fur is generally reddish-brown, but can range from almost red to gray. The long, bushy tail, sometimes called a sweep, is tipped in white. It 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, worms, insects, amphibians (like frogs), reptiles (like lizards), fish, grass, berries, nuts, and carrion (carcasses of animals that they find).

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