Are you ready to learn gray fox fun facts? The gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) is mainly found in South and North America. It has powerful neck and a black-tipped tail. There are 16 subspecies of gray fox.
Gray Fox Facts for Kids
Adult foxes measure 76 to 112.5 cm in the overall length. They have 27.5 to 44.3 cm long tail. The gray fox weighs 7.9 to 15.4 pounds.
While gray foxes are carnivores they do eat just about any available fruits. The fox eats voles, birds, shrews, fruits, nuts, grains, beetles, carrion, lagomorphs, brush rabbit, eastern cottontail, and jackrabbit.
Gray fox is probably the only fox that can climb up the trees. They have sharp claws which prevent them from falling on the ground. Gray foxes can escape potential predators by climbing up the trees. They will jump from one branch to the other—like squirrels.
Gray fox becomes active at dusk as well as at night. Like other true foxes, gray fox also makes den in burrows and hollow trees. Their dens occur 30 feet above the ground.
They will dominate the red fox where their ranges overlap.
The breeding season occurs in January and February. The female produces 1 to 7 kits after a gestation period of 53 days. The young foxes learn to hunt at 3 months age.
The average lifespan of gray foxes is about 6 to 8 years in the wild. The oldest fox died at the age of 10 years in the natural habitat. In captivity they can live up to 12 years.