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Red fox

Vulpes vulpes (Linnaeus, 1758)

Red fox diorama in the North American Mammal Hall

Scene:

 High bluffs in Effigy Mounds National Monument, overlooking Mississippi River north of McGregor, Iowa

Red foxes are mostly nocturnal. They are found throughout much of North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa, and were introduced into Australia in the nineteenth century. Red foxes are omnivorous and some occasionally target domestic birds.

More red foxes are raised on farms for their fur than any other wild fur-bearing mammal. They are known vectors for rabies and can transmit the disease to humans and other animals.


Biological Information

Range map for the red fox

Range:

Most of North America except for arid or desert regions

Habitat:

Forest edges and grasslands; mixed agricultural areas

Status:

Populations stable and range expanded in human-changed habitats

Diet:

Small animals, fruits, eggs, insects and grass

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for red fox.