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Top 10 Interesting Facts About Foxes

Foxes can be seriously irritating. You may even come to hate them and consider professional fox control once they rip your bins apart enough times. But, believe it or not, these are actually fascinating and complex creatures. Here are 10 interesting facts about foxes we think you might like.

Our favourite interesting facts about foxes

1. They have whiskers

Foxes have many similarities with cats. And, just like our feline friends, these whiskers help foxes navigate. They also have whiskers on their legs.

2. They are solitary

Unlike some wild animals, foxes do not run in packs. Instead, they are solitary creatures who hunt on their own.

3. They have vertical pupils

Like cats, they have vertical pupils. This helps them see better at night and find prey.

4. They can live in all kinds of climates

We all know the red fox that lives in temperate climate s like the UK. We see signs of foxes in our gardens all over the country.?But foxes come in all sizes and colours.

arctic fox

How about the Fennec fox that lives in the Sahara desert. This fox is small, only about the size of a kitten. Then there is the fluffy Arctic fox, which is white and can tolerate bitterly cold temperatures.

5. They have an unusual group name

A group of crows is a murder. A group of apes is a shrewdness. And a group of foxes is a skulk or leash. Impress your friends with this interesting facts about foxes!

6. They reuse other animals homes

Foxes sometimes move into disused badger sets, so that they don’t have to build their own. Fox cubs have even been seen playing with badger young.

7. They appear in folklore

Foxes appear throughout folklore. This is true in all cultures. The cunning fox is a staple character in Asian, Native American and European cultures. One of the most well-known of these is Aesop’s fable, “The Fox and the Crow.”

8. They have incredible hearing

The African bat eared fox is the most notable example. It has 6 inch ears. Using their ears these foxes are able to hear the movements of insects, even at great distances.

desert fox

Anyone who’s tried to deter foxes from their garden will know they can be scared away quite easily with sound.

9. They can detect the earth’s magnetic field

Here’s another one of our top interesting facts about foxes. They can actually see the magnetic field with their eyes. This ability is used for hunting. This probably doesn’t apply to scavenging in our rubbish. We all know about the need to to fox proof garden bins at night.

10. They can be tamed

The last of our interesting facts about foxes will amaze you. According to a some recent reports, these animals can be tamed and kept as pets. While they are not quite as docile as dogs or cats, researchers are hoping this will change in these domesticated animals over subsequent generations.

Sally

Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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