Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes

Vulpes vulpes

Identification:

Body length 70 cm; tail length 40 cm; weight 5-8 kg. Orange-brown above, off-white below; bushy white-tipped tail.

Habitat and Range:

All bushland and remnants, paddocks, vegetation along watercourses, mangroves, golf courses and acreage allotments. Common. Mainland Australia south of the tropics.Almost worldwide.

Notes:

Nocturnal; usually solitary. Often guilty of killing binges on domestic animals, particularly poultry. Eats whatever is abundantly available.

Traces:

Fox holes (of surprisingly small diameter, around 15 cm) in sand, gravel, dirt embankments; pungent ‘tom-cat’ odour around droppings or dens. Droppings often full of fur or feathers.

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