Pale Fox

Interesting Facts: Pallida means pale in Latin.

Main Characteristics: Pale Foxes have a body length between 40 and 45 cms (15.7 - 17.7 inches), a tail length between 25 and 30 cms (9.8 - 12 inches) and they weigh between 2 and 3 kgs (4.4 - 6.5 lbs).

They are pale brown or sandy in colour and their bushy tail has a black tip. Their muzzle is narrow and they have large ears with rounded tips.

Habitat: Pale Foxes can be found in the Sahel area of Africa. They are social animals and they live in large, extensive, communal burrows. They are mainly active at night.

Diet: Pale Foxes are omnivores and they mainly feed on rodents, lizards, birds, insects, eggs, fruit and vegetation.

Breeding: After a gestation period of 51 - 53 days, Pale Foxes give birth to 3 - 6 cubs. At birth the cubs weigh approximately 75 g (2.64 oz) and they are weaned when they reach 6 - 8 weeks old.

Predators: Little is known about predators of the Pale Fox.

Subspecies: There are five subspecies of Pale Fox: Vulpes pallida pallida, Vulpes pallida cyrenaica, Vulpes pallida edwardsi, Vulpes pallida harterti and Vulpes pallida oertzeni.

Latin Name Vulpes pallida
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Africa
Colour Pale Brown/Sandy
Length 40 - 45 cms (15.7 - 17.7 inches)
Tail 25 - 30 cms (9.8 - 12 inches)
Weight 2 - 3 Kgs (4.4 - 6.5 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 15 Yrs

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