Rueppell's Fox

Interesting Facts: Rueppell's Foxes are also known as: Rüppell's Fox Sand Fox.

Main Characteristics: Rueppell's Foxes have a body length between 40 and 52 cms (16 - 20.5 inches), a tail length between 25 and 39 cms (10 - 15.5 inches) and they weigh between 1 and 3.5 kgs (2.25 - 6.5 lbs).

They have sandy or silver/grey coloured fur with a pale coloured underside. The tip of their tail is white and they have black markings on their muzzle.

Habitat: Rueppell's Foxes can be found in deserts and arid regions of north Africa and west Asia.

Diet: Rueppell's Foxes feed on invertebrates, small mammals, reptiles, eggs, fruit and carrion.

Breeding: After a gestation period of 51 - 53 days, Rueppell's Foxes give birth to a litter of 3 - 6 cubs. They are weaned by the time they are 2 months old and are independent at 4 months old. They reach sexually maturity at approximately 1 year old.

Predators: Humans, birds of prey and owls are predators of Rueppell's Foxes.

Subspecies: There are five subspecies of Rueppell's Fox: Vulpes rueppelli rueppellii, Vulpes rueppelli caesia, Vulpes rueppelli cyrenaica, Vulpes rueppelli sabaea and Vulpes rueppelli zarudneyi.

Latin Name Vulpes rueppelli
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location N Africa & W Asia
Colour Sandy/Silver Grey
Length 40 - 52 cms (16 - 20.5 inches)
Tail 25 - 39 cms (10 - 15.5 inches)
Weight 1 - 3.5 Kgs (2.25 - 6.5 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 15 Yrs (in Captivity)

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