Red Fox Trivia

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What is the red fox’s population trend?
Stable
The red fox’s population trend has been evaluated as Stable on the Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
Increasing
Decreasing
Unknown

What continents do red foxes inhabit?
North America
The red fox is distributed widely across the entire northern hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to southern North America, Europe, North Africa, the Asiatic steppes, India, and Japan. Red foxes have also been introduced elsewhere.
Europe
The red fox is distributed widely across the entire northern hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to southern North America, Europe, North Africa, the Asiatic steppes, India, and Japan. Red foxes have also been introduced elsewhere.
Africa
The red fox is distributed widely across the entire northern hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to southern North America, Europe, North Africa, the Asiatic steppes, India, and Japan. Red foxes have also been introduced elsewhere.
South America

How many vocalizations does the red fox have?
28
There have been 28 different kinds of vocalizations described in red foxes.
8
18
38

Which of the red fox’s senses are keen?
Vision
Red foxes have excellent senses of vision, smell, and touch.
Smell
Red foxes have excellent senses of vision, smell, and touch.
Touch
Red foxes have excellent senses of vision, smell, and touch.
Taste

The red fox’s dew claw makes contact with the ground.
False
The red fox’s first digit, or dew claw, is rudimentary, but clawed, and does not contact the ground.
True

What is the red fox’s mating system?
Monogamy
Red fox mating behavior varies substantially. Red fox groups always have only one breeding male, but that male may also seek mating outside of the group, known as polygyny. Often, males and females are monogamous, but males with multiple female mates are also known, as are male/female pairs that use non-breeding female helpers in raising their young.
Polygyny
Red fox mating behavior varies substantially. Red fox groups always have only one breeding male, but that male may also seek mating outside of the group, known as polygyny. Often, males and females are monogamous, but males with multiple female mates are also known, as are male/female pairs that use non-breeding female helpers in raising their young.
Polyandry
Polygynandry

How do red foxes communicate?
Vocalizations
Red foxes extensively use a variety of vocalizations, facial expressions, and scent marking to communicate among themselves.
Facial Expressions
Red foxes extensively use a variety of vocalizations, facial expressions, and scent marking to communicate among themselves.
Scent Marking
Red foxes extensively use a variety of vocalizations, facial expressions, and scent marking to communicate among themselves.
Howling

There is sexual dimorphism in the body size of red foxes.
True, males are larger.
Red fox males are slightly larger than females.
True, females are larger.
False.

When does the red fox sexually mature?
10 Months
Red fox sexual maturity is reached by 10 months.
5 Months
15 Months
20 Months

Red foxes are shy around people.
True
Being extremely shy, red foxes are often poor exhibits.
False

What is the red fox’s social system?
Solitary
Red foxes are solitary animals and do not form packs like wolves. Ranges are occupied by an adult male and one or two adult females with their associated young.
Social

Red foxes are territorial.
True
The red fox is as least partially territorial. During some parts of the year adjacent ranges may overlap somewhat, but parts may be regularly defended.
False

Red foxes remain in the same home range for life.
True
Red foxes remain in the same home range for life.
False

Where have red foxes been introduced?
Canada
In the 17th century, the European red fox subspecies was introduced in Canada and the eastern United States (where they were relatively scarce and the gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) was common). The species was also introduced to Australia in the 1800’s and to Tasmania in the late 1990’s, although there is evidence that an eradication campaign for red foxes on Tasmania has proved effective. Elsewhere, the red fox has been introduced to the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and to the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom, although they never properly established on the Isle of Man and may subsequently have disappeared.
United States
In the 17th century, the European red fox subspecies was introduced in Canada and the eastern United States (where they were relatively scarce and the gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) was common). The species was also introduced to Australia in the 1800’s and to Tasmania in the late 1990’s, although there is evidence that an eradication campaign for red foxes on Tasmania has proved effective. Elsewhere, the red fox has been introduced to the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and to the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom, although they never properly established on the Isle of Man and may subsequently have disappeared.
Australia
In the 17th century, the European red fox subspecies was introduced in Canada and the eastern United States (where they were relatively scarce and the gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) was common). The species was also introduced to Australia in the 1800’s and to Tasmania in the late 1990’s, although there is evidence that an eradication campaign for red foxes on Tasmania has proved effective. Elsewhere, the red fox has been introduced to the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) and to the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom, although they never properly established on the Isle of Man and may subsequently have disappeared.
Britain

Who helps raise young red foxes?
Mother
Young red foxes remain in the den after birth where they are cooperatively cared for and provided with solid food by the mother, father, and sometimes un-mated helpers and older offspring.
Father
Young red foxes remain in the den after birth where they are cooperatively cared for and provided with solid food by the mother, father, and sometimes un-mated helpers and older offspring.
Unrelated Adult
Young red foxes remain in the den after birth where they are cooperatively cared for and provided with solid food by the mother, father, and sometimes un-mated helpers and older offspring.
Older Sibling
Young red foxes remain in the den after birth where they are cooperatively cared for and provided with solid food by the mother, father, and sometimes un-mated helpers and older offspring.

The red fox has the widest geographical range of any canine.
True
The red fox has the widest geographical range of any member of the order Carnivora, covering nearly 70 million square kilometers.
False

Red foxes are the largest species of the Vulpes genus.
True
Red foxes are the largest species of the Vulpes species. The head and body length ranges from 455 to 900 millimeters, tail length from 300 to 555 millimeters, and weight from 3 to 14 kilograms.
False

What preys on red foxes?
Coyotes
Most red foxes that are taken by natural predators are young, but adults can be attacked by coyotes (Canis latrans), wolves, bears, owls, and other predators. Red foxes are rarely eaten by such predators. The most significant predators on red foxes are humans, who hunt foxes for their fur and kill them in large numbers as pests.
Humans
Most red foxes that are taken by natural predators are young, but adults can be attacked by coyotes (Canis latrans), wolves, bears, owls, and other predators. Red foxes are rarely eaten by such predators. The most significant predators on red foxes are humans, who hunt foxes for their fur and kill them in large numbers as pests.
Bears
Most red foxes that are taken by natural predators are young, but adults can be attacked by coyotes (Canis latrans), wolves, bears, owls, and other predators. Red foxes are rarely eaten by such predators. The most significant predators on red foxes are humans, who hunt foxes for their fur and kill them in large numbers as pests.
Owls
Most red foxes that are taken by natural predators are young, but adults can be attacked by coyotes (Canis latrans), wolves, bears, owls, and other predators. Red foxes are rarely eaten by such predators. The most significant predators on red foxes are humans, who hunt foxes for their fur and kill them in large numbers as pests.

What is the red fox considered?
Terrestrial
Red foxes are terrestrial.
Arboreal
Aquatic
Fossorial

What habitats do red foxes inhabit?
Forest
Red foxes have been recorded in forest, shrubland, grassland, wetlands, desert, and artificial terrestrial habitats. They inhabit habitats as diverse as tundra, non-extreme deserts, and city centers, including London, Paris, and Stockholm. The red fox’s natural habitat is dry, mixed vegetation landscape with abundant edge of scrub and woodland. They are also abundant on prairies, moorlands, sand dunes, farmland, and even mountains, above the tree-line, known to cross alpine passes. They occur from sea level to 4,500 meters. In the United Kingdom, red foxes generally prefer mosaic patchworks of scrub, woodland, and farmland.
Desert
Red foxes have been recorded in forest, shrubland, grassland, wetlands, desert, and artificial terrestrial habitats. They inhabit habitats as diverse as tundra, non-extreme deserts, and city centers, including London, Paris, and Stockholm. The red fox’s natural habitat is dry, mixed vegetation landscape with abundant edge of scrub and woodland. They are also abundant on prairies, moorlands, sand dunes, farmland, and even mountains, above the tree-line, known to cross alpine passes. They occur from sea level to 4,500 meters. In the United Kingdom, red foxes generally prefer mosaic patchworks of scrub, woodland, and farmland.
Artificial Terrestrial
Red foxes have been recorded in forest, shrubland, grassland, wetlands, desert, and artificial terrestrial habitats. They inhabit habitats as diverse as tundra, non-extreme deserts, and city centers, including London, Paris, and Stockholm. The red fox’s natural habitat is dry, mixed vegetation landscape with abundant edge of scrub and woodland. They are also abundant on prairies, moorlands, sand dunes, farmland, and even mountains, above the tree-line, known to cross alpine passes. They occur from sea level to 4,500 meters. In the United Kingdom, red foxes generally prefer mosaic patchworks of scrub, woodland, and farmland.
Wetlands
Red foxes have been recorded in forest, shrubland, grassland, wetlands, desert, and artificial terrestrial habitats. They inhabit habitats as diverse as tundra, non-extreme deserts, and city centers, including London, Paris, and Stockholm. The red fox’s natural habitat is dry, mixed vegetation landscape with abundant edge of scrub and woodland. They are also abundant on prairies, moorlands, sand dunes, farmland, and even mountains, above the tree-line, known to cross alpine passes. They occur from sea level to 4,500 meters. In the United Kingdom, red foxes generally prefer mosaic patchworks of scrub, woodland, and farmland.

What is the red fox’s scientific name?
Vulpes vulpes
The red fox’s scientific name is Vulpes vulpes.
Vulpes zerda
Vulpes velox
Vulpes lagopus

What is the red fox’s diet?
Omnivorous
Red foxes are essentially omnivores and have an eclectic, opportunistic diet.
Herbivorous
Carnivorous
Unknown

What is the red fox’s evaluation on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species?
Least Concern
The red fox has been evaluated as “Least Concern” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
Near Threatened
Vulnerable
Endangered

What do red foxes eat?
Mammals
Red foxes mostly eat rodents, eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus), insects, and fruit. They will also eat carrion.
Carrion
Red foxes mostly eat rodents, eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus), insects, and fruit. They will also eat carrion.
Insects
Red foxes mostly eat rodents, eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus), insects, and fruit. They will also eat carrion.
Fruit
Red foxes mostly eat rodents, eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus), insects, and fruit. They will also eat carrion.

Why are red foxes seen as nuisances?
Threaten Poultry
Red foxes are considered by many to be threats to poultry. In general, foxes hunt their natural prey, but individual foxes may learn to target domestic birds if they are not adequately protected. Foxes are also known vectors for rabies and can transmit the disease to humans and other animals. Red foxes have caused considerable damage where they have been introduced. Their impacts on Australian fauna has been particularly well documented and control takes place by setting baits impregnated with 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate).
Invasive Species
Red foxes are considered by many to be threats to poultry. In general, foxes hunt their natural prey, but individual foxes may learn to target domestic birds if they are not adequately protected. Foxes are also known vectors for rabies and can transmit the disease to humans and other animals. Red foxes have caused considerable damage where they have been introduced. Their impacts on Australian fauna has been particularly well documented and control takes place by setting baits impregnated with 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate).
Transmit Diseases
Red foxes are considered by many to be threats to poultry. In general, foxes hunt their natural prey, but individual foxes may learn to target domestic birds if they are not adequately protected. Foxes are also known vectors for rabies and can transmit the disease to humans and other animals. Red foxes have caused considerable damage where they have been introduced. Their impacts on Australian fauna has been particularly well documented and control takes place by setting baits impregnated with 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate).
Not Good for Hunting

How fast can a red fox run?
48 kph / 30 mph
The red fox’s top speed is about 48 kilometers per hour, or 30 miles per hour.
12 kph / 7 mph
24 kph / 15 mph
60 kph / 37 mph

What countries do red foxes inhabit?
Japan
The red fox is distributed widely across the entire northern hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to southern North America, Europe, North Africa, the Asiatic steppes, India, Japan, and Egypt. Red foxes have also been introduced elsewhere. Red foxes are not found in Iceland, the Arctic islands, or some parts of Siberia. They are generally considered extinct in the Republic of Korea where there have been several mammal surveys in recent years (including the DMZ) that have not shown any evidence of foxes.
Egypt
The red fox is distributed widely across the entire northern hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to southern North America, Europe, North Africa, the Asiatic steppes, India, Japan, and Egypt. Red foxes have also been introduced elsewhere. Red foxes are not found in Iceland, the Arctic islands, or some parts of Siberia. They are generally considered extinct in the Republic of Korea where there have been several mammal surveys in recent years (including the DMZ) that have not shown any evidence of foxes.
Iceland
Mexico

Which color of red fox is the most prized by furriers?
Silver
Silver foxes are the most prized by furriers.
Red
Cross
White

How long do red foxes live in captivity?
10-12 Years
Red foxes have been known to live 10 to 12 years in captivity.
15-18 Years
20-22 Years
1-2 Years

Which red fox colors are natural in the wild?
Red
Three natural color variants of the red fox commonly occur: red, cross, and silver.
Cross
Three natural color variants of the red fox commonly occur: red, cross, and silver.
Silver
Three natural color variants of the red fox commonly occur: red, cross, and silver.
White

What threatens the red fox?
Habitat Loss
Threats to the red fox are highly localized and include habitat degradation, loss, and fragmentation, exploitation, and direct and indirect persecution. For example, a regional IUCN Red List assessment in Mongolia classified the species as Near Threatened mainly due to over-hunting, while in South Korea, red foxes have experienced declines due to habitat loss and poaching and are generally considered extinct.
Hunting
Threats to the red fox are highly localized and include habitat degradation, loss, and fragmentation, exploitation, and direct and indirect persecution. For example, a regional IUCN Red List assessment in Mongolia classified the species as Near Threatened mainly due to over-hunting, while in South Korea, red foxes have experienced declines due to habitat loss and poaching and are generally considered extinct.
Persecution
Threats to the red fox are highly localized and include habitat degradation, loss, and fragmentation, exploitation, and direct and indirect persecution. For example, a regional IUCN Red List assessment in Mongolia classified the species as Near Threatened mainly due to over-hunting, while in South Korea, red foxes have experienced declines due to habitat loss and poaching and are generally considered extinct.
Explotation
Threats to the red fox are highly localized and include habitat degradation, loss, and fragmentation, exploitation, and direct and indirect persecution. For example, a regional IUCN Red List assessment in Mongolia classified the species as Near Threatened mainly due to over-hunting, while in South Korea, red foxes have experienced declines due to habitat loss and poaching and are generally considered extinct.

Red fox individuals have voices that can be distinguished.
True
Red fox individuals have voices that can be distinguished.
False

Where do red foxes have scent glands?
Tail
Red fox scent marking is through anal sac secretions, the supracaudal gland, and glands around the lips, jaw, and the pads of the feet. Like many other canid species, red foxes have tail glands, located 75 millimeters above the root of the tail on its upper surface and lies within the dermis and subcutaneous tissue.
Pawpads
Red fox scent marking is through anal sac secretions, the supracaudal gland, and glands around the lips, jaw, and the pads of the feet. Like many other canid species, red foxes have tail glands, located 75 millimeters above the root of the tail on its upper surface and lies within the dermis and subcutaneous tissue.
Lips
Red fox scent marking is through anal sac secretions, the supracaudal gland, and glands around the lips, jaw, and the pads of the feet. Like many other canid species, red foxes have tail glands, located 75 millimeters above the root of the tail on its upper surface and lies within the dermis and subcutaneous tissue.
Ears

How many claws are on the red fox’s forepaw?
5
The red fox’s manus, the forepaw, has five claws, including the dew claw.
3
4
6

Female red foxes mated to the same male may share a den.
True
Females mated to the same male fox may share a den.
False

With what do red foxes scent mark?
Urine
Red fox scent marking is through urine, feces, anal sac secretions, the supracaudal gland, and glands around the lips, jaw, and the pads of the feet.
Feces
Red fox scent marking is through urine, feces, anal sac secretions, the supracaudal gland, and glands around the lips, jaw, and the pads of the feet.
Scent Glands
Red fox scent marking is through urine, feces, anal sac secretions, the supracaudal gland, and glands around the lips, jaw, and the pads of the feet.
Saliva

How does the male red fox aid the female during gestation?
Provide Food
The male partner will provision his mate with food but does not go into the maternity den.
Clean the Den
Keep her Warm
No Aid

How long is red fox gestation?
51-53 Days
Red fox gestation is typically between 51 and 53 days but can be as short as 49 days or as long as 56 days.
31-33 Days
71-73 Days
91-93 days

Red foxes are commonly kept in wildlife parks and zoos.
True
In addition to fur farms, red foxes are widely kept in small wildlife parks and zoos, but there appears to be no systematic data on their breeding success.
False

When is the red fox breeding season?
Winter & Spring
The exact time of red fox estrous and breeding varies across the broad geographic range of the species: December-January in the south, January-February in the central regions, and February-April in the north.
Spring & Summer
Summer & Fall
Fall & Winter

Red foxes will use the same den over a number of generations.
True
The same den is often used over a number of generations.
False

How has the mean number of red foxes killed in Britain by gamekeepers changed since the early 1960’s?
Increased
The mean number of red foxes killed per unit area by gamekeepers has increased steadily since the early 1960’s in Britain, but it is not clear to what extent this reflects an increase in fox abundance. Although an increase in fox numbers following successful rabies control by vaccination was widely reported in Europe, no direct measures of population density have been taken. Red fox bagging in Germany has risen from 250,000 in 1982–1983 to 600,000 in 2000–2001.
Decreased

For what are the red fox’s molars used?
Crushing
The red fox’s molar structure emphasizes crushing.
Tearing
Cleaning
Carving

Why were foxes introduced to new regions?
Hunting
In the 17th century, the European red fox subspecies was introduced in Canada and the eastern United States (where they were relatively scarce and the gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) was common) for fox hunting.
Accidental
Fur Farming
Prey Control

When do young red fox eyes open?
2 Weeks
Young red foxes are born blind and weigh between 50-150 grams, but their eyes open 9-14 days after birth.
1 Week
1 Day
1 Month

Where did red foxes originate?
Asia
A recent extensive global phylogeny of red foxes that included about 1,000 samples from across the species’ range found that red foxes originated in the Middle East, then radiated out.
North America
Africa
Europe

The red fox is one of how many species in the Vulpes genus?
12
The red fox is one of 12 species in the Vulpes genus?
4
8
16

When do young red foxes begin leaving the den?
1 Month
Young red foxes remain in the den for 4-5 weeks after birth.
2 Weeks
1 Year
3 Months

What is the red fox’s primary rhythm?
Nocturnal
Red foxes are either nocturnal or crepuscular.
Crepuscular
Diurnal
Cathemeral

Red foxes flourish in urban habitats.
True
Red foxes flourish particularly well in urban areas. They are most common in residential suburbs consisting of privately owned, low-density housing and are less common where industry, commerce, or council rented housing predominates. In many habitats, foxes appear to be closely associated with people, even thriving in intensive agricultural areas.
False

The red fox is listed in CITES on what level?
Subspecies
The red fox is not listed in CITES Appendices at species level. However, the subspecies griffithi, montana, and pusilla (=leucopus) are listed on CITES – Appendix III (India).
Species

Which region of red foxes are genetically distinct and probably merit recognition as a distinct species?
North American
A recent extensive global phylogeny of red foxes that included about 1,000 samples from across the species’ range found that red foxes in North America are genetically distinct and probably merit recognition as a distinct species (Vulpes fulva).
European
Australian
African

What attributes to the red fox’s success as a species?
Wide Geographical Range
The red fox is successful as a species because of its wide geographical range, vast introduction in other regions, adaptability, opportunistic diet, and success in urban areas.
Opportunistic Diet
The red fox is successful as a species because of its wide geographical range, vast introduction in other regions, adaptability, opportunistic diet, and success in urban areas.
Success in Urban Habitats
The red fox is successful as a species because of its wide geographical range, vast introduction in other regions, adaptability, opportunistic diet, and success in urban areas.
Adaptability
The red fox is successful as a species because of its wide geographical range, vast introduction in other regions, adaptability, opportunistic diet, and success in urban areas.

Where are red foxes are larger?
Northern Latitudes
The body mass and length of red foxes varies by region and by latitude. According to Bergmann’s rule, red foxes are larger in the north. Those in southern deserts and in North America are smaller than those in European populations.
Europe
The body mass and length of red foxes varies by region and by latitude. According to Bergmann’s rule, red foxes are larger in the north. Those in southern deserts and in North America are smaller than those in European populations.
Southern Latitudes
North America

How do red foxes hunt mice?
Leaping
Red foxes have a characteristic manner of hunting mice, standing motionless while listening and watching intently for the mouse before leaping high and forcibly bringing the forelimbs straight down to pin the rodent to the ground.
Digging
Chasing
Climbing

Most countries have regulated closed versus open seasons and capture restrictions on red foxes.
True
Most countries and states where trapping or hunting occurs have regulated closed versus open seasons and restrictions on methods of capture.
False

How high can a red fox leap?
2 m. / 6.5 ft.
The red fox can leap over obstacles as high as 2 meters, or 6.5 feet.
1 m. / 3 ft.
4 m. / 13 ft.
6 m. / 19.5 ft.

How do red foxes contribute to the ecosystem?
Transmit Diseases
Red foxes help control populations of their prey animals, such as rodents and rabbits, and may disperse seeds by eating fruit, but they are known vectors for rabies and can transmit the disease to humans and other animals.
Prey Control
Red foxes help control populations of their prey animals, such as rodents and rabbits, and may disperse seeds by eating fruit, but they are known vectors for rabies and can transmit the disease to humans and other animals.
Seed Dispersal
Red foxes help control populations of their prey animals, such as rodents and rabbits, and may disperse seeds by eating fruit, but they are known vectors for rabies and can transmit the disease to humans and other animals.

The number of red foxes raised for fur exceeds that of any other species, except possibly which species?
American Mink
Red foxes are important fur bearers and the number of red foxes raised for fur exceeds that of any other species, except possibly American mink (Neovison vison).
American Badger
American Beaver
Northern Raccoon

What is a young red fox called?
Kit
Young red foxes are called kits, cubs, and pups.
Cub
Young red foxes are called kits, cubs, and pups.
Pup
Young red foxes are called kits, cubs, and pups.
Joey

What percentage of red fox individuals are cross?
25%
Cross foxes, making up 25% of red fox individuals, have reddish brown fur with a black stripe down the back and another across the shoulders.
10%
15%
20%

What is a male red fox called?
Dog
A male red fox is called a dog, reynard, or tod.
Tod
A male red fox is called a dog, reynard, or tod.
Jack
Buck

Which sex of red fox will fight during the breeding season?
Male
Male red foxes will fight during the breeding season.
Female

How many claws are on the red fox’s hindpaw?
4
The red fox’s pes, hindpaw, has four claws.
3
5
6

What is the average red fox litter size?
5
Red fox litters vary in size from 1 to 13 pups with an average of 5.
1
7
13

Where are red fox ranges largest?
Poor Habitats
Individual red fox adults have home ranges that vary in size depending on the quality of the habitat. In good areas, ranges may be between 5 and 12 square kilometers, but in poorer habitats, ranges are larger, between 20 and 50 square kilometers.
Good Habitats

Red fox density is highly variable.
True
Red fox density is highly variable. In the United Kingdom, density varies between one fox per 40 square kilometers in Scotland and 1.17 per square kilometers in Wales, but can be as high as 30 foxes per square kilometers in some urban areas where food is superabundant. Social group density is one family per square kilometer in farmland, but may vary between 0.2-5 families per square kilometer in the suburbs. Fox density in mountainous rural areas of Switzerland is three foxes per square kilometer. 0.17 foxes per square kilometer has been recorded in the grassland/semi desert steppe of Mongolia. In northern boreal forests and Arctic tundra, they occur at densities of 0.1 foxes per square kilometer, and in southern Ontario, Canada at 1 fox per square kilometer. The average social group density in the Swiss mountains is 0.37 families per square kilometer.
False

Red foxes will use abandoned dens from which animals?
Rabbits
Individual red foxes and family groups have main earthen dens and often other emergency burrows in the home range. Dens of other animals, such as rabbits or marmots, are often taken over by foxes. Larger dens may be dug and used during the winter and during birth and rearing of the young.
Marmots
Individual red foxes and family groups have main earthen dens and often other emergency burrows in the home range. Dens of other animals, such as rabbits or marmots, are often taken over by foxes. Larger dens may be dug and used during the winter and during birth and rearing of the young.
Bears
Wolves

How long is the red fox’s tooth row?
More than Half Length of Skull
The red fox’s dental formula of the red fox is 3/3 1/1 4/4 2/3 and the tooth row is more than half the length of the skull.
Full Length of the Skull
Less than Half Length of the Skull
Half Length of the Skull

Red foxes have caused considerable damage to which region’s fauna?
Australia
Red foxes have caused considerable damage where they have been introduced. Their impacts on Australian fauna has been particularly well documented and control takes place by setting baits impregnated with 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate).
United States
Canada
Britain

In what season do red foxes leave their natal territory?
Fall
Young red foxes remain with their mother until at least the autumn following their birth, but some, especially females, will sometimes remain longer. The pups will disperse to their own territories as nearby as 10 kilometers and as far away as almost 400 kilometers.
Winter
Spring
Summer

When are young red foxes weaned?
2 Months
Young red foxes are nursed by their mother for 56-70 days and are fully weaned by 8-10 weeks.
6 Months
2 Weeks
1 Year

Red foxes store food in caches.
True
Red foxes eat between 0.5 and 1 kilograms of food each day and store food. They are very good at relocating these caches.
False

What is a group of foxes called?
Skulk
A group of foxes is called an earth, leash, or skulk.
Earth
A group of foxes is called an earth, leash, or skulk.
Leash
A group of foxes is called an earth, leash, or skulk.
Pack

How has worldwide trade in ranched red fox pelts changed since the 1900’s?
Decreased
Worldwide trade in ranched red fox pelts, mainly silver pelts from Finland, has reduced since the 1900’s, but was 700,000 in 1988–1989 (excluding internal consumption in the USSR). Active fur trade in Britain in the 1970s was negligible.
Increased

How long do red foxes live in the wild?
3 Years
Red foxes live on average 3 years in the wild.
9 Years
6 Years
12 Years

What percentage of red fox individuals are silver?
10%
Silver foxes make up 10% of red fox individuals, and range from strong silver to nearly black.
25%
15%
20%

What is a female red fox called?
Vixen
A male red fox is called a vixen.
Vixett
Vivian
Vulpes

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