Red Fox Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

There are many different kinds of foxes found in different places around the world, and red foxes are one of them. Come learn about red foxes, how to tell them apart from other foxes, where they live and some other neat facts.

What is a Red Fox?

You are out walking on a cold, snowy day, and everything around you is covered in a white blanket of snow and ice. The snow crunches beneath your feet, and you think you are the only living thing out there when, suddenly, an animal that was curled up and covered in snow pops up and runs off! You just saw a red fox!

Red foxes are foxes with a pointy snout, black legs, usually reddish orange fur and a fluffy tail. Even though the color red is in their name, they do come in other colors, including black, silver, and brown. The easiest way to tell if you are looking at a red fox is to check out the end of its tail. If it is white, like it was dipped in paint, then it is a red fox.

Red Fox with Black Legs and White Tail Tip
Red Fox with Black Legs and White Tail Tip

Red foxes can weigh up to fifteen pounds and can grow to be a little over three and a half feet long from the tip of their nose to the tip of their tail. They usually live between three and six years in the wild.

Where do Red Foxes Live?

Red foxes like being alone and don't hang out with friends the way you do. They live in North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and Australia and are found in the woods, wetlands, and grasslands where there is a lot of brush.

Red foxes live in the country where there aren't a lot of people, but they also sometimes live in city parks and neighborhoods. They are good at hiding, like ninjas with fluffy tails, so you probably wouldn't even know they were there.

When you think of foxes, you might think of them living in dens they dig in the ground. Mother red foxes do live in dens when they have baby kits to protect. Otherwise, all red foxes sleep outside, rolled up like a fluffy ball. Sometimes you can't even see them lying around because they get completely buried in the snow.

Sleeping Red Fox Covered by its Tail
Sleeping Red Fox Covered by its Tail

A red fox will use its thick tail like you use a jacket and curl it around her snout and feet to stay warm. And red foxes don't have to remember to bring their jackets home from school like you do!

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