types of foxes

Kit foxes are so adorable to learn about. 

 Kit foxes are among the smallest foxes of the Americas, with their most conspicuous characteristic being exceptionally large, closely set ears, which help dissipate body heat in their desert environment. This fox has a slender body, long legs and a very bushy tail, which sticks straight out behind it and is tipped in black. The colour of the coat varies with the season, ranging from rusty-tan to buff-grey in the summer, to silvery grey in the winter, with a whitish belly . The hair is dense between the footpads, giving the fox better traction on the sandy soil of its habitat, whilst also protecting the paws from the heat of the desert sand. The kit fox and the more easterly swift fox were previously considered a single species, but more recent evidence implies the two species are distinct. Both foxes are sometimes called the swift fox, due to their ability to run as fast as 25 mph (40 km/h) for short distances

The kit fox occupies arid and semi-arid regions, encompassing the open prairie/grassland plains of west-central North America into the drier semi-deserts and true deserts of the southwest United States. It is found at elevations ranging from 400 to 1,900 metres, although rugged terrain with slopes is generally avoided. Agricultural lands, particularly orchards, and even urban environments may also be inhabited 

 Kit foxes are primarily, usually mating for life. Mating occurs from mid-December to January, with litters containing one to seven pups, which are born in special ‘pupping dens’ from mid-February to mid-March . Pups are weaned and emerge from dens at about four weeks, and become independent at five to six months. Young, usually females, may delay dispersal and stay in their home ranges to help raise the next litter. Individuals have been recorded to live up to seven years in the wild

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