This helps the fox to pinpoint the location of its prey.
Foxy facts for children
The red fox has a thick coat of fur. It can range in color from grayish or rusty red to almost orange, usually with black on the backs of ears and sometimes on the lower limbs or feet.
The red fox has a large, bushy tail, usually tipped with white hair. The tail of the red fox is often called a brush. Compared to some other wild dogs, such as wolves, the red fox has short legs in relation to the size of its body. Toggle text.
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Fennec fox Red fox. With their catlike faces, big ears and fluffy tails, foxes appeal to youngsters, but children may not know that a fox can smell prey deep in the snow and that some can climb trees. Young readers will learn about the various fox species, such as red foxes, arctic foxes, gray foxes and swift foxes, and they will read about what it would be like to be a fox pup. Photographs of adult and young foxes in their natural habitats and sidebars with storylike content round out this rich portrayal of foxes in the wild.
In the Exploring the World of The fennec fox is the smallest of all the world's foxes, but its large ears, measuring 6 inches, appear to be on loan from a bigger relative. Fennec foxes dwell in the sandy Sahara and elsewhere in North Africa. Their nocturnal habits help them deal with the searing heat of the desert environment, and some physical adaptations help as well.
Their distinctive, batlike ears radiate body heat and help keep the foxes cool. They also have long, thick hair that insulates them during cold nights and protects them from hot sun during the day. Even the fox's feet are hairy, which helps them perform like snowshoes and protects them from extremely hot sand.
The fox's feet are also effective shovels for frequent digging—fennec foxes live in underground dens.
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