Desert Foxes

Desert Foxes

It is said that the desert fox, also known as the fennec fox, can hear a mouse’s heartbeat under the desert sand. Found in North Africa, the Sinai Peninsula and in the Arabian desert, these small foxes have enormous ears compared to their body size.They use their ears not only to hunt but to disperse the searing desert heat. They are the smallest foxes on earth, even smaller than a typical house cat. But they’re highly social and are a favorite among exotic pet owners because they fit right in with the family.

Here’s an adorable, short video of two young Algerian girls playing with a desert fox in the desert. Awesome. This short 2-minute, BBC video is an excellent introduction to desert foxes. In this short video, a desert fox hunts (and fails to catch) a jerboa. 

FunFacts about Desert Foxes: (Source) (Source)  

  • The desert fox is the Fennec Fox.
  • Desert foxes mate for life.
  • They are primarily noted for their huge ears in contrast to their small bodies. The ears can be as long as six inches contrasted with an average body length of 9-16 inches.
  • Basic info, quote: The fennec fox or fennec (Vulpes zerda) is a small nocturnal fox found in the Sahara of North Africa, the Sinai Peninsula, South West Israel (Arava desert) and the Arabian desert. Its most distinctive feature is its unusually large ears, which also serve to dissipate heat. Its name comes from the Berber word (fanak), which means fox, and the species name zerda comes from the Greek word xeros which means dry, referring to the fox’s habitat. (Source)
  • The desert fox belongs to the family Canidae.
  • Members of the Canidae family are dogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes, jackals, and dingoes.
  • The desert fox’s main predator is the African variety of the eagle owl.
  • The desert fox can live up to fourteen years in captivity.
  • Desert foxes create huge underground dens where they live, up to over 1200 square feet or 120 square meters. They adjoin other dens as well.
  • Because of the number of sightings of desert foxes, it is believed they are not at all endangered.
  • The desert fox is very small and weighs an average of only 1.5 to 3.5 pounds or 0.68–1.59 kg.
  • The soles of the desert fox’s feet are covered with thick fur which protects it against the intense desert heat.
  • Desert foxes bark, snarl and make a purring sound similar to cats.
  • The basic family unit is a mated pair, their current offspring and frequently the previous litter.
  • The desert fox can live without drinking water. The kidneys are well-adapted for desert life and the fox can get the water it needs through the food it consumes.
  • Desert foxes are omnivores.
  • Desert foxes can be kept as pets as long as the kits have been lovingly handled from a very early age. Other than the Russian domesticated fox, the desert fox is the only fox fit to become a household pet.
  • Though very small, this fox can jump two feet high and launch four feet forward while hunting.
  • Desert foxes are very social and engage in play even as adults.

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