Red Fox

The Red Fox is a highly adaptable mammal with many diverse habitats. They can hear low-frequency sounds and rodents digging underground, allowing them to easily find their next meal. Their fluffy, white-tipped tail aids its balance, keeps it warm and is used to communicate with other foxes.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Vulpes vulpes
CLASSIFICATION
Mammal
LIFE SPAN
3-5 Years
SIZE
18-35 ” | 6-15 lbs
STATE CONSERVATION STATUS
  • State Protected
FEDERAL CONSERVATION STATUS
Least Concern
GAME STATUS
Game
GAME TYPE
Furbearer
  1. Washoe
  2. Humboldt
  3. Pershing
  4. Churchill
  5. Mineral
  6. Lyon
  7. Douglas
  8. Carson City
  9. Storey
  1. Elko
  2. Lander
  3. Eureka
  4. White Pine
  1. Esmeralda
  2. Nye
  3. Lincoln
  4. Clark

Habitat & Range

Red Foxes have increased their range in Nevada, particularly inhabiting areas in the western region of the state. They live in open woodlands and mountain meadows near treeline.

  • Cold desert shrubland and sagebrush
  • Grasslands
  • Upland Forests

Threats

  • Habitat Degradation
  • Predation

Natural History

Red Foxes are omnivores, consuming a variety of small animals and plants including rodents, rabbits, birds, amphibians, and fruits; depending on what is available. They may dig their own dens, but often use those abandoned by other animals. The breeding season often takes places from December to March, depending on the range of the animal. Females give birth to a litter of four to 17 young, called “pups.”

Fun Facts

Red Foxes can hear low-frequency sounds and rodents digging underground. They also have been known to have litters up to 12 pups!