Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox
Vulpes zerda


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Carnivora
FAMILY
Canidae

Range

North African desert east to the Sinai Peninsula


Habitat

Sandy desert and arid areas


Diet

Mainly plants, leaves, fruits and roots; also eggs, insects, rodents and small reptiles when available

Weight

3 - 3.5 lbs.

Body Length

9 - 16 in.

Tail Length

Up to 12 in.

Gestation

About 50 days

Young

2 - 5 kits

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Their oversized ears are around 6 inches long.
  • It loses body heat through its big ears, which helps it keep cool in the hot desert climate.
  • They have thick fur which keeps them warm during frigid nights in the desert and protects them from the heat of the day.
  • Fennec foxes can live for an indefinite amount of time without drinking water, getting hydration from the plants, fruits, and animals they eat.
  • They have thick fur on the on the soles of their feet. This protects their feet from the scorching hot desert sand.
  • Their hearing is sensitive enough to detect beetles walking across the sand.
  • The fennec fox is the smallest canid.
  • Nocturnal

 

Conservation

Fennec foxes face threats from the pet trade and habitat loss.

Least Concern

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