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fox.jpgFoxes are smaller sized canids that can be identified by their long, narrow, dog like snout, and (most famously) their bushy tail. Red foxes are the most common species both in the UK and across the world, and they have a special place in the folklore and history of many countries.

Foxes live for between two and three years if they are healthy and disease free, and they have been known to survive for ten years or more in captivity. Male foxes are slightly larger than the females and their appearence and behaviour can change depending on the habit in which the animal lives; foxes are notoriously adaptable and can survive in a wide variety of conditions.

Foxes are solitary animals and although they are natural hunters they are also opportunistic and can often be found scavenging in areas that humans have habitated. Although meat is a major part of their diet they will also forage and eat fruit and berries.

Foxes generally will eat rodents, worms, small reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds and eggs in the wild if left to their own devices, and if they catch too much they will bury their food for consumption at a later date.