Fennec Fox

(Vulpes zerda)

fennec fox

The fennec fox is the world’s smallest fox species. They measure between 24 and 41 cm (9-16 in). They stand 20.3cm (8in) tall. The tail makes up 18-31cm (7-12in) of their length. Their large ears are 10-15cm (3.9-5.9in) tall.  The fennec fox has a fluffy, cream or sandy colored coat. They have thick fur around their feet to protect them from the hot sand. They have the largest ears relative to body size of any fox. Their bushy tail has a black tip on the end.  In the wild the fennec fox will live for between 12 and 16 years. In captivity they live on average for 14 years.

The fennec fox is a nocturnal species. They are more active at night so they can avoid the harsh heat from the desert sun during the day. Throughout the day they rest in their burrow. Their feet are well adapted for digging a burrow. The den may have up to 15 entrances and be 120 square meters.  The fennec fox inhabits a territory which it may share with a group of up to 10 other foxes. They mark their territory using urine.  These animals are known to make barks, purrs and snarls.


Information collected from http://theanimalfacts.com/mammals/fennec-fox/

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