SWIFT FOX

Swift Fox
Photo by Bob Gress

 

Swift Fox
Vulpes velox

Measurements:
Total Length: 31-33 inches
Tail Length: 10.8-11.2 inches
Weight: 5.1-5.3 pounds

  • Comments:   Swift foxes are the smallest member of the dog family in North America. Adults weigh less than typical house cats. Resembling small coyotes, they have a slender body, long, pointed ears and a bushy tail with a black tip. Swift foxes live in underground dens with several tunnels, rooms and entrances. Separate chambers are used for sleeping and storing food. Hunting usually occurs at night. Litters of 3-6 pups are born in late winter and early spring. They may live 5 years in the wild. Their most notorious predators are coyotes.
  • Distribution:   Swift foxes are found in arid and semi-arid regions from Mexico to southern Canada. They are found in the shortgrass prairies and rangelands in the western third of Kansas.
  • Food:   They feed on rabbits, hares, mice, rats, ground squirrels, insects, birds and small reptiles.

Other Kansas Carnivores

RACCOON COYOTE
RED FOX AMERICAN MINK
AMERICAN BADGER STRIPED SKUNK
BOBCAT

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