Just the facts
- About 3 feet long at maturity, and weighing between 10 and 15 pounds, the red fox is the largest of all foxes. Its large bushy tail takes over one-third of its entire body length.
- Semiretractable claws means the red fox is quiet--it runs on the balls of its feet and can reach speeds up to 45 m.p.h.
- Dog (male) and vixen (female) foxes are usually monogamous. A vixen mothers an average of five cubs in a burrowed den, while a dog hunts and gathers food for his cubs: mice, earthworms, squirrels, rabbits, bugs, even berries.
- Although large dogs, coyotes, and wolves consider the red fox mouthwatering prey, the popularity of fur as fashion makes humans the red fox's prime predator.