Swift Fox

Interesting Facts: The name velox is latin for swift.

Main Characteristics: Swift Foxes have a body length between 38 and 53 cms (15 - 21 inches), a tail length between 18 and 26 cms (10 - 10 inches) and they weigh between 1.5 and 3 kgs (3.25 - 6.5 lbs). They are grey in colour with a pale underside and rust coloured markings.

Habitat: Swift Foxes can be found on the short grass prairies and deserts of central USA and Canada.

Diet: Swift Foxes feed on invertebrates, small mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, fish and fruits.

Breeding: After a gestation period of 50 - 60 days, Swift Foxes give birth to 2 - 6 young in a den. They are weaned at 6 - 7 weeks old and become independent at around 6 months. They reach sexual maturity between 1 and 2 years of age.

Predators: Humans and birds of prey are predators of Swift Foxes.

Subspecies: There are no subspecies of the Swift Fox.

Latin Name Vulpes velox
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location C USA & Canada
Colour Grey
Length 38 - 53 cms (15 - 21 inches)
Tail 18 - 26 cms (7 - 10 inches)
Weight 1.5 - 3 Kgs (3.25 - 6.5 lbs)
Life Expectancy

3 - 6 Yrs (Wild) Up to 15 Yrs (in Captivity)

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