TIBETAN SAND FOX/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus



DESCRIPTION: The Iron-Grey Sided Fox is an alternate name of this high altitude fox that in summer has a tricoloured appearance with the tan head and upper parts set off by grey sides, and a white front and underparts. It is a short, squat fox with a characteristic round-faced appearance because of its pronounced cheek ruffs, a flattened head and very short ears. The tail is bushy and largely grey in colour with parts of the upper tail having the tan colour of the body and a white tip. There are vertical grey markings on the body between the forelegs and the chest. In winter, the pelage is lighter and furrier with the greys fading considerably and the tan turning almost cream. A clear line separating the tan from the grey on the sides is a clear distinction between this and the Red Fox.

BEHAVIOUR: Largely feeds on pikas and rodents although other small animals are also taken. Solitary hunter of pika colonies.

DISTRIBUTION: Widespread in the Tibetan Plateau, but in India occurs only in Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir, and Sikkim trans-Himalayas.

HABITAT: Alpine steppes, cold desert steppes, and arid to semi-arid uplands above the treeline.

 Size: 51–65 cm

IUCN Status: Least Concern


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