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Red Fox Winter Beds

Hard to believe as it may be, red foxes spend most nights curled up in the open air — winter, summer, fall and spring–regardless of the temperature.  Often they sleep in open fields, in an elevated area, where they can keep an eye out for approaching danger.  When making a bed, they curl up in a ball and wrap their bushy tail around themselves, covering their faces.  According to Leonard Lee Rue, when foxes sleep in the open, they usually doze for 15 to 25 seconds and then wake up, look around carefully, and nap again.  Only when a fox sleeps in dense cover does it go into a heavy sleep, waking every hour or so. If you look closely, you can see two fox beds in this photograph — one at about one o’clock and one at about seven  o’clock. Each is about a foot in diameter.

2 responses

  1. Etienne

    Thank you for sharing this fascinating information. I am sure my 4 year old daughter will love trying to look for red fox winter beds! This will be another lovely winter adventure to look forward to.

    January 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  2. Quite fascinating, Mary. I always pictured foxes in a nice warm den below a stump on a cold night…
    Thanks for doing this blog! It’s uber educational!

    January 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

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