Body is 56-77 cm long; tail measures 28-49 cm; height at shoulder is 35-40 cm. The pointed nose, pointed ears and bushy tail make this reddish-brown animal, which is the size of a large domestic cat, unmistakeable. Males weigh about 15% more than females, which are called Vixens.
What habitats does it normally live in?
If there is sufficient cover, red foxes will be found in every type of habitat up to 3500 m. Widespread across Europe, absent from Iceland. They are now found in parks, gardens and industrial areas of cities. Foxes have become more common in some urban areas than in the countryside due to their adaptability and ability to survive in a wide range of places.
What's its life cycle or behaviour patterns?
Foxes live in family groups, made up of a dog fox, a dominant vixen and up to six other females.
What does it feed upon?
Active mostly at night, with peak activity at dawn and dusk, the fox preys on rabbits, hares, rats, voles and ground-nesting birds, including domestic hens and ducks. About two-thirds of an urban fox's diet is human refuse. It also feeds on carrion. Earthworms are an important food for cubs. Hedgerow berries and fruit are also eaten.
"If you are lucky enough to view a red fox standing in the sun against a pristine snowscape, you are viewing the beau ideal of the animal world."
- Leonard Lee Rue III