Know What Foxes Eat? We Guess You Don't

What do Foxes Eat?
Foxes are known to be good hunters, but do you know that they can even scavenge human garbage for food, if they don't find anything else? Well, there are lot more interesting facts about their diet composition. Take a look.
Foxes are carnivorous animals which belong to the Canidae family. They are usually identified by their long and narrow snout, and a bushy tail that often looks like a brush. The Vulpes genus is known as the true fox identification and there are about 12 species that belong to this genus. The most common among these species is the "red fox".

Facts about Foxes

Foxes are smaller than other members of the family Canidae, viz. wolves, jackals and domestic dogs. Male foxes (Reynards) weigh about 5.9 kg and female foxes (vixens) weigh up to 5.2 kg on an average. The physical characters that are common to all foxes are distinctive muzzle and a bushy tail. Other features vary according to their habitat. The fennec fox which lives in deserts has large ears and short fur, while the Arctic fox has tiny ears and thick fur. They are opportunistic feeders and live in small family groups. They hunt live prey by pouncing on it and killing it quickly.

Meal Preferences

Foxes are often considered as carnivores but their diverse choice of food makes them omnivores. They can ingest anything they find, right from a small insect to a large rabbit. It is their wide choice of food that makes them adaptable to any place and season. They depend largely on invertebrates for food and sometimes also consume grasses, berries and fruits.

Foxes are intelligent hunters, their preys often get trapped by them very easily. They love to hunt alone but in winters they form groups for hunting. They are very active when it comes to hunting and generally hunt after dawn. Foxes are possessive regarding their food, it's the vixen sharing food either with their cubs or dog foxes during courtship. And if by any chance they have more food, then they make sure to hide the food in the holes beneath the earth's surface.

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Foxes can devour a large variety of plants and animals. Their vegetarian diet includes various kinds of grasses, fungi, berries, grains and fruits. Their favorite fruits are apples, plums and blueberries.

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They are mostly carnivores and hence most of their diet includes rodents such as mice, voles, eggs, birds such as sparrows and other small amphibians.

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Arctic species of fox eat fish, mollusks, small reptiles and at times, birds. They are scavengers; they can eat almost anything that is left over by other animals.

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Desert dwellers such as the 'fennec fox' eat everything found in the desert. They eat rabbits, carrion, earthworms and even insects such as grasshoppers.

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Sometimes, foxes do enter human habitat, if they cannot find anything to eat in the woods and can scavenge human garbage for food.

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Foxes are opportunistic feeders and hence they like to prey on whatever they find first. When they are in human habitat, they feed on domestic cats or rodents on the streets.

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They are voracious eaters and need about half a kilogram of meat every day, and if they don't find it, they compensate that with fruits like strawberries and wild fruits.

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Other staple foods in their diet can be pocket gophers, which these foxes love to hunt for. Red foxes, which are the most commonly found species in the world, use their famous 'mousing leap' to hunt rodents and mice.

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Birds are not a favorite as they are difficult to hunt, but sometimes foxes do feast on their leftovers eaten by other animals.

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Hares and snakes are also one of their favorite foods as they enjoy feeding on them once in a while.

It can, thus, be concluded that foxes, though being the smallest of the dog family are the smartest ones. Foxes love to eat anything and everything as they are always on the hunt for food. The eating habits of foxes give a clear view that foxes are not as wild as they seem to.