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The Fennec Fox

By Cheyeann M.
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Cheyeann M.

on 5 June 2012

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Fennec
Foxes By Cheyeann Kingdom - Animalia

Phylum - Chordata

Class - Mammalia

Order - Carnivora

Family - Canidae

Genus - Vulpes

Species - Vulpes Zerda (Arabic for fennec, meaning small fox) Scientific Classification about the fennec fox Habitat -The Fennec Fox is native to the deserts of North Africa. Fennec foxes are found in North Africa from Morocco to Egypt, south to north Niger and Sudan, east to Sinai Peninsula and Kuwait. They live in arid and sandy areas.Their homes are underground dens. Where They Live Their nocturnal habits help them deal with the searing heat of the desert environment, and some physical adaptations help as well. The Fennec Fox is the smallest of the canines but has the largest ears in proportion to its body size. Description They have special features : Bat-like ears - To radiate body heat and keep them cool.

Long thick hair - To keep them warm and insulated on cold desert nights and protect them from the hot sun.

Hairy feet - To protect their feet from the hot sand. They are also effective shovels for frequent digging. Fennec foxes are omnivores.
They eat:
- plants
- rodents
- eggs
- reptiles
- insects

They have also developed the
ability to go for long periods
without water. Diet Weight : 1.36 kg - 1.6 kg
Size : Head and body 35-40 cm long; tail 20 cm; height at the shoulders 20 cm

Appearance :
Their fur has a sandy colour and a white belly.
They have bat-like ears that could grow to be 6 inches.
They have a long tail with a black tip.
They have sharp, curved claws for digging. Characteristics Unique Characteristics Fennec foxes are known to jump up to 2 feet in the air. Since fennec foxes have
large ears, they have such
great sense of hearing that
they could hear insects
walking on the sand. There are about 2-5 kits (baby foxes) in a litter. Protection When hunting, large eared foxes such as the fennec, or the bat-eared fox, can seem to stare at the ground while they rotate their heads from side to side to pinpoint the location of prey, either underground or hidden above ground. Hunting The fennec fox's main predators are the various African
varieties of eagle owl. Other possible predators include
caracals, jackals, and striped hyenas. Not much is known about how the fennec fox will protect itself but it is said that the males are quite agressive and since their fur is similar to the colour of the sandy environment, they would be able to blend in. Fennec foxes can run up to
20 miles per hour. The fennec fox is classified as "Least Concern"
on the IUCN Red List. Conservation Status The fennec
fox is prized for it's fur by the people of the sahara. Fennec foxes
are also popular
in the pet industry. I think that the fennec fox is an interesting animal. People may think that I use the word "interesting" alot. My Thoughts But it's true! The fennec fox is fascinating in many ways. That's why I chose this animal. The fennec fox is unique because it is unlike any other fox. It's has many original characteristics. Some of them are that the fox has the ears of a bat! Not many foxes do. Also, the fennec fox behaves differently than other
fox, other foxes are usually solitary creatures, but fennec
foxes form groups. That shows that fennec foxes use teamwork to co-operate, and I like that about them. There is
nothing I
dislike about
the fennec
fox. I think that
they are
special foxes. Fennec foxes hunt
in groups of
about 10.
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