Gray Fox

Creature Features 

Description                                                                                                                                                                                                      The gray fox is silver-gray on its back and face, reddish on its legs and chest and white on its throat, mid-belly and the insides of it legs. It has a long bushy tail with a black tip and a black stripe along the top. A thin black stripe runs from the outside corner of each eye to the sides of the head.

Diet                                                                                                                                                                                                           The gray fox is considered to be an omnivore, therefore it eats a wide variety of foods such as small mammals, eggs, fruit, birds, insects, nuts and berries. If a gray fox has more food than it is able to eat, it will cache the remaining food and come back to eat it later. It will mark the spot that the food is buried by peeing on it.

Fun Facts 

  • The home of a fox is called a den.
  • Scientific Name: Urocyon cinereoargenteus
  • Conservation Status: Least concern
  • Lifespan: 7 to 10 years
  • Body Length: 12 to 15 inches tall at the shoulder
  •  Weight: 4 to 5 pounds
  • Gestation: 53 to 63 days
  • Number of Young: 3 to 7 pups
  • Habitat: Gray foxes prefer rocky canyons and ridges, wooded areas, open deserts and grasslands.
  • Distribution: Gray foxes are found locally in southern Canada, in much of the continental U.S. and Mexico, south to northern South America.

Did You Know? 

The gray fox is the only member of the dog family that will climb trees, either to search for prey, sleep, or to escape from predators.