Supreme Canines


Gray Foxes

English: Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), ...

Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), New Mexico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gray foxes are not as abundant as their red cousins in that their primary habitat is North America, while the red fox includes parts of Europe as its natural habitat.  One of the things that set the gray fox apart from other canines is its ability to climb trees.  This characteristic is found in only two canine species, the gray fox and the Asian raccoon dog.  Both these canines have strong sharp claws and muscular hind legs to haul themselves up trees.  Being a solitary hunter, gray foxes kill and consume anything that is smaller than they are.  This includes rabbits, squirrels, mice, snakes, insects, and sometimes even birds.  Another important part of the gray fox’s diet are fruits and vegetables.  Gray foxes ingest more vegetable matter than red foxes do, and they tend to devour all the fruits they can get.  Surprisingly,  gray foxes are not as good at adapting as red foxes. In urban areas and suburbs, red foxes are dominant.  But, in more rural, less populated areas gray foxes are dominant.  In conclusion, although not as adaptable as red foxes, gray foxes are the supreme fox in the wild.

To watch a video that shows gray fox habitat and a few different eye colors, go to http://youtu.be/3R-Uqbg9Wcs

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