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Red Fox Kits

For the first month of their life, red fox kits have a dark gray coat. Just about the time they come up out of their den and start spending time above ground, a sandy-colored coat grows in (great camouflage for a sandy den), which will eventually be replaced with an even redder coat. The litter in this photograph must be about four weeks old, as they are just starting to lose their gray coats. If you look closely, you will find eight kits – although red foxes can have up to ten young, the average litter size is five.