Foxes live in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. In countries, like Australia, where foxes have been introduced they are surviving quite well in spite of being hunted, trapped and poisoned. In North America the most abundant species is the red fox. A grown male is about 104 centimetres long, including its glorious 40-centimetre bushy tail.

Many fox species are rarely found in the wild due to large scale hunting for their precious fur. Fox fur was once sold for enormous prices. Today the black or the silver fox, the arctic fox, the blue fox, the grey fox and the cross fox are raised on farms in several parts of the world for their fur.

Foxes often live in burrows but sometimes they make their homes in hollow stumps or rock crevices. They usually hide by day and hunt at night for birds and small animals. Occasionally they will eat frogs, fish, insects and even berries. The female fox is called a vixen. She bears her young in the spring. There are usually three to nine in her litter.


Research the following topics and
include them in your fox essay.

  • Fox habitat
  • Fox species
  • Where foxes live
  • Feeding habits
  • Birth and family life
  • Difference in size, colour, height, weight
  • Folklore and fact
  • Fox hunting




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