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Red Fox

(Vulpes vulpes)


  • 15 to 16 in. (27 to 40 cm) tall at the shoulder.
  • Weigh from 7 to 15 lb. (3 to 7 kg).

Distribution in North America:

fox photo by USFWS
fox track
front: 1 1/4" x 2"   
hind: 1 1/4" x 2"


  • Very adaptable to living in almost any environment—even close to humans.
  • Often inhabits the edges of parklands, lake and river shores, logged areas and farmland.


  • Usually reddish with white chest and belly, black legs and a black-tipped tail; but, can also range from silver to black.
  • Smallest of the dog family (7 to 15 lb.).
  • Large, pointed ears and long, sharp muzzle.
  • Bushy tail as long as the body.
  • Usually found alone or in family groups.

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