red fox-vulpes vulpes


Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) or Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes)
Foxes are small to medium-sized omnivorous mammals of the Canidae family. The widespread world population of foxes coupled with their cunning nature has made the animal a regular depiction in pop culture. Foxes have partially retractable claws and are digitigrade, meaning they walk on their toes. The typical lifespan of a fox in the wild is one to three years, although they can live up to twelve in captivity. Typically they live in small family groups but some are solitary.


Foxes are found on every continent except Antarctica. They can survive in many different habitats including forests, grasslands, mountains, deserts, farms, suburban areas and even large communities. They make their homes in the ground by digging burrows. Several fox species are endangered in their native environments due to habitat loss and being hunted for pelts, other trades or control.

Size & Appearance

Foxes are slightly smaller than a medium-sized domestic dog, with a flattened skull, triangular face, upright ears, a pointed upturned snout and a long bushy tail. They are generally smaller than other members of the Canidae family, with the largest species measuring between 9 and 20 pounds, and the smallest species weighing between just 1.5 and 3 pounds. Foxes differ in fur color, length and density. Fur colors range from pearly white to black and white variations.


A fox’s diet is largely made up of invertebrates such as insects and small vertebrates including reptiles, birds and rodents. They don’t have very restrictive diets, also snacking on fruit, vegetables, fish, frogs, eggs and plants. Most species of fox eat about 2 pounds of food per day, “caching,” or burying excess for later. Foxes use a pouncing technique in which they camouflage themselves in their terrain before using their hind legs to spring at their target.

Fun Facts

  • Foxes can identify each other’s voices and have 28 different sounds used to communicate.
  • Vast Vocal Repertoir
    • Whine - Made shortly after birth. Occurs at a high rate when cubs are hungry and when their body temperatures are low. Whining stimulates the mother to care for her young; it also has been known to stimulate the male fox into caring for his mate and cubs.
    • Yelp - Made about 19 days later. The cubs' whining turns into infantile barks, yelps, which occur heavily during play.
    • Explosive call - At the age of about one month, the cubs can emit an explosive call which is intended to be threatening to intruders or other cubs; a high pitch howl.
    • Combative call - In adults, the explosive call becomes an open-mouthed combative call during any conflict; a sharper bark.
    • Growl - An adult fox's indication to their cubs to feed or head to the adult's location.
    • Bark - Adult foxes warn against intruders and in defense by barking.
  • Fox hunting originated in the United Kingdom in the 16th century and is now a recreational practice in Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia and the United States.
  • A recent notable case of domestication in foxes sees the Russian silver fox adopting many traits of domestic cats and dogs, letting themselves be pet and even whimpering for attention.
  • A fox’s coat color, length and density can all change due to season, location and age.
  • Foxes are very fast. They can run at speeds up to 45 miles per hour.
Join our eMailing List!

Sign-up to receive Park News, Special Event Info, Exclusive Discount Offers and more...

Animal Encounters at Everglades Holiday Park ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS - Experience a 45-minute Everglades animal encounter where you can pet, feed, and play with 5 wild, uncaged animals. Learn about alligators, tortoises, skunks, racoons, snakes, pigs, and more from our expert animal handlers!
Everglades VIP Tours EVERGLADES VIP TOURS - Sit back and relax as Everglades Holiday Park drives you to and from our park for the ultimate VIP Everglades airboat tour! Your VIP tour will be accompanied by a live alligator presentation, and FREE baby alligator and airboat group photos!
Group Airboat Tours GROUP AIRBOAT TOURS - If you're considering visiting Everglades Holiday Park with a group of 15 or more friends, we're pleased to offer a group rate for enjoying the Everglades together.
Private Airboat Tours at Everglades Holiday Park PRIVATE AIRBOAT TOURS - Experience the magic of the Everglades on a private airboat tour! Perfect for small groups of 2 or more, Everglades Holiday Park can customize your tour for a perfect mix of excitement, discovery, and leisure.
Everglades Birthday Parties at Everglades Holiday Park BIRTHDAY PARTIES - Plan an unforgettable birthday celebration at Everglades Holiday Park! Perfect for kids of all ages, our park offers exciting airboat tours, live alligator shows, animal encounters, and more!
Summer Camps Field Trips at Everglades Holiday Park SUMMER CAMP FIELD TRIPS - Everglades Holiday Park offers the perfect combination of education and entertainment. We can accommodate summer camp groups up to 150 guests! Come enjoy a 60-minute guided airboat tour, a live alligator presentation, outdoor activities, and our full-service deli and café.
Everglades School Trips at Everglades Holiday Park EVERGLADES SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS - Educate your students about Everglades preservation and exotic animals at Everglades Holiday Park! Our park is the perfect spot for an exciting and informative South Florida school field trip!
Shore Excursions at Everglades Holiday Park SHORE EXCURSIONS - Everglades Holiday Park is home to the best Everglades shore excursion. Conveniently located near Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Palm Beach in Florida, you and your guests will create memories that will last a lifetime when you explore the majestic wonderland of the Everglades.