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Where do foxes live?

Foxes are one of the world’s most fascinating animals because of their appearance, their behavior and other attributes that interest researchers such as anatomy, bone structure and hunting techniques. They are mammals and are omnivorous. Their feet are usually considered to be light because they are always on toes and run every time they see a predator around or run fast after their prey. The fox comes from the dog (Canidae) family which also includes the wolves and the jackals. They are usually differentiated from their dog family members because of that pointed nose, that agile frame, the legs which are usually thin and a tail that is usually bushy.



Where do these foxes live?

Foxes are usually found in areas with thick forests. They can also be found in grasslands, mountain areas and also in deserts. Foxes also adapt properly to human environments such as the suburbs, inside communities large in number and in farms. In the thick forested areas they usually feed on vegetables, frogs, fish and sometimes worms. When found in human environments, foxes usually feed on food meant for your pets and also from the waste food in the garbage. They also eat rodents, birds, rabbits and other small animals. Their living in both these areas usually depends on two factors:
  • The ability for them to get sufficient food to sustain themselves.
  • The ability for them to find a place conducive enough for them to breed peacefully and produce offspring.
This is why the foxes are found in both urban and wild areas. Usually there are more foxes in the wild areas than in urban areas. This is due to the following reasons:
  1. Wild areas are able to sustain a large group of foxes at once in their families than in urban areas. Foxes in urban areas are usually in solitary mode or in a rehabilitation centre.
  2. In wild areas, there is more freedom to hunt for any food that it wants. In the wild, there are no restrictions on the kind of food foxes should eat at a specific time. The land is usually free and the organisms to feed on are readily available if they hunt well.
  3. In urban areas, there is usually the frequent disturbance from people and buildings on the fox’s movements and habitats. Therefore more foxes are found in wild areas than in urban areas.
  4. More foxes also live in wild areas because it is an adequate environment for them to teach their offspring to hunt for food.
  5. In urban areas, people who usually encounter foxes might kill it or capture it for business or research purposes.
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