Top Ten Fun Fox Facts


Foxes are fascinating animals, and that’s why we’re counting down our favourite fun facts about them! Which fox fact is your favourite? Leave us a comment to cast your vote.

1)  A group of foxes is called a skulk or leash

group of red foxes

2) Foxes have whiskers on their legs and face, which help them to navigate

fox whiskers

3) Grey foxes can retract their claws like cats do

Grey fox

4) A male is called a ‘dog fox’ while a female is called a ‘vixen’

male and female bat fox

5) Foxes are generally solitary animals; unlike wolves, they hunt on their own rather than in packs

Arctic fox

6) Foxes dig underground dens where they take care of their kits and hide from predators

red fox cubs and den

7) Their pupils are vertical, similar to a cat, helping them to see well at night

red fox stare

8) The tip of a red fox’s tail is white, whereas swift foxes have a black-tipped tail

red fox and swift fox

9) Foxes have excellent hearing. Red foxes can reportedly hear a watch ticking 40 yards away!

Red Fox

10) Foxes stink, their funny ‘musky’ smell comes from scent glands at the base of their tail

red fox smile mom and baby

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