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Red Fox Kits Emerge from Den

For the first month or so of their lives, red fox kits remain in their den.  They are born with a coat of dark gray fur, which is replaced when they are about a month old and starting to emerge from their den.  Their second coat is sandy-colored and blends in well with the soil surrounding the den entrance, where the kits spend most of their time.  By late June they will have acquired the red coat we associate with adult red foxes. Meanwhile, if you know the whereabouts of an active den, there is no better or more fun time of year to watch the antics of young kits than right now – they entertain themselves while their parents are out hunting by pouncing on each other, having mock fights, playing tag and chewing on all kinds of things from sticks to feathers – all of which is interspersed with frequent naps. 

5 responses

  1. What fun, another great picture!!!!!

    April 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    • Thanks, Kay! Your beavers beat my foxes any day!

      April 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm

  2. The best of times!

    Thank you too for your Green Mountain Club presentation Friday, great way to start the weekend.

    April 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm

  3. It seemed like just yesterday the foxes were mating – that’s one short gestation period!

    April 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    • You’re right, Kellyann – a red fox’s gestation period is 51 days, to be exact, and they typically breed in late January or February. If these kits are a month old, that means they were born in mid-March, which means they were conceived towards the end of January, which is the start of their breeding season.

      April 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

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