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Location and Diet

Fennec foxes are located in northern Africa in the Sahara Desert, as well as the Sinai and Arabian Peninsulas. Fennec foxes feed on birds, bird eggs, lizards, rodents and some vegetation such as berries.


Size and Description

Fennec foxes weigh approximately 3 - 3.5 pounds and are about 15 inches in length not including the tail. This makes it the smallest member of the Canidae family, who has members such as wolves and coyotes. The coat is a red to tan color to help it blend in with its surroundings. The most noticeable feature of Fennec foxes is its unproportionately large ears.


Reproduction

Fennec foxes mate for life. After a gestation period of about 50-53 days, a female will give birth to a litter of 2 - 5 young.


Special Adaptations

Fennec foxes have extremely large ears that help them to keep cool in the hot desert. The ears also enable the fox to hear prey that may be hiding underground or far away.


Special Facts

Fennec foxes are often kept as pets and will also be hunted in the wild for their furs. They even have fur on the bottom of their feet, which helps to protect them from hot sand.

 
Photographer: Tzooka
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    Kingdom: Phylum: Order: Class: Family: Genus: Species: Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Canidae Vulpes zerda
           
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