Facts about Red Fox/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

Facts about Red Fox


DESCRIPTION: The most widely distributed carnivore in the world,
The three subspecies of the fox found in India. It can be distinguished from the Indian Fox and the Golden Jackal by their characteristic-
1) long and bushy white tipped tail.
2)Dark patches behind the ears. 
3)They have five toes on their forefeet and four on the hind feet, and have long, non-rectractile claws. 
4)They differ from dogs in their skulls being concave and not convex, in having a shorter
and more slender muzzle.

The southern Grey Fox clade in the Kashmir Fox and the Desert Fox – both greyer and also having longer legs and ears.
The Himalayan Fox is the common fox of the Himalayas, having large ears and fringed with white hair.
The Kashmir or Afghan Fox is slightly smaller and having orange coat with dark grey fur on the throat, chest and legs. 

The Desert or White-footed Fox is the smallest and lightest, with short, greyish fur mixed with rust brown hairs with having dark brown patches on back of each ears. 
BEHAVIOUR: Foxes have a subcaudal gland on the upper parts of the tail that
gives off a characteristic odour often referred to as foxy.

DISTRIBUTION: From Jammu & Kashmir
to Sikkim, Rajasthan and Kutch, Gujarat.
HABITAT: A very wide variety of habitats, including arid, semi-arid areas, forests and also near human habitation. Availability of food seems to be the major limiting factor in habitat.
SIZE: 45–90 cm 

WEIGHT: 3–14 kg.

IUCN STATUS: Least Concern.

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