Facts About Foxes: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Foxes are fascinating! Find out all about these wild animals in this lesson. Learn about different types of foxes, their habitats, and how they survive in the wild.

Fantastic Foxes

Have you ever heard been called 'sly as a fox'? If so, this means you are clever and maybe even a little bit sneaky! Foxes earn these descriptions because of the ways they have to hunt in order to survive in the wild. There are over 40 different species of foxes, but twelve of them are considered 'true' foxes. The most common is the red fox, which has reddish-brown fur. Other types include the gray fox and the Arctic fox.

The Arctic fox has a white coat which helps him hide while he is hunting for food.
Arctic fox in snow

Habitat and Diet

Foxes live almost everywhere, except Antarctica. They are versatile animals, meaning they can survive in most any climate or environment. Foxes tend to live in areas that have natural wildlife and plenty of food sources. Foxes are omnivorous, which means they eat both plants and other animals. They are especially tricky in their hunting. In fact, many farmers have to be creative with ways to protect animals like chickens because foxes will try just about any way to catch one! Usually, they prefer small animals, eggs, leaves, and grasses.

A red fox may hang out in the woods to eat vegetation or to hunt for small animals.
red fox in the wild

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