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Vulpes vulpes

The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a mammal of the order Carnivora. It is common in Canada, Alaska, most of the United States, Europe, North Africa and Asia. Therefore, it has the widest range of any terrestrial carnivore.

This animal thrives in a variety of biomes, from prairies and scrubland to forests. Since it ventures as far north as the tundra, it sometimes competes directly with the Arctic fox.

Adults weigh 6.5-24lbs (3-11kg), but this varies from region to region. Most commonly, this canid displays a rusty red coat with white underbelly. Meanwhile, the tips of its ears and its legs are black. Its bushy tail usually has a distinctive white tip.

That said, the “red” tone of this canid’s coat can vary from dark chestnut to golden. It can even be “agouti”, with bands of red, brown, black and white on each individual hair. Finally, fox eyes have vertical-slit pupils, similar to those of domestic cats.

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