Roxy gray fox

Northern Gray Fox

The Northern Gray Fox – Urocyon cinereoargenteus;


Roxy arrived in April 2021 with other animals in need of a retirement home that could provide them with quality of life in their final years. We are learning a lot about the species of Gray Fox and how their behaviors differ from the others. Being an older animal we are keeping a close eye on her comfort and quality of life, providing for her geriatric needs. Born 2011.

Habitat: North, Central, and Northern South America. Gray foxes prefer deciduous forests which incorporate brushy, woodland areas.
Lifespan: Wild 6-8 years; Captivity 8 – 10 years ;
Status: Least concern;

Interesting and little-known facts about gray foxes:

Gray foxes are the only species of fox in North America that can climb trees. They use their sharp claws to climb trees to escape predators or to reach food.

Gray foxes have retractable claws like cats, which help them climb trees and maintain a strong grip on prey.

Gray foxes are omnivores, and their diet includes small mammals, birds, insects, fruits, and vegetables.

Gray foxes have a unique vocalization, which sounds like a bark or a high-pitched scream. They use this sound to communicate with each other.

Gray foxes have a strong sense of smell and use their sense of smell to locate prey and avoid predators.

Debunking common myths and misconceptions about gray foxes:

Myth: Gray foxes are always gray in color.

Fact: While they are called gray foxes, their fur can range from gray to reddish-brown.

Myth: Gray foxes are only active at night.

Fact: While gray foxes are primarily active at night, they can also be active during the day.

Myth: Gray foxes are solitary animals.

Fact: While they do often live alone, gray foxes are known to form pair bonds during the breeding season and will work together to raise their young.

Myth: Gray foxes are a threat to domestic pets.

Fact: Gray foxes are generally not a threat to domestic pets. They are shy and will avoid contact with humans and pets whenever possible.

Myth: Gray foxes are not found in urban areas.

Fact: Gray foxes are highly adaptable and can be found in a variety of habitats, including urban areas. They have even been known to den under buildings and in backyards.

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