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Red Foxes Giving Birth

3-29-13 red fox IMG_4239Much is happening below ground at this time of year, including the birthing of red fox pups. In late March or early April, about 7 weeks after mating, female foxes give birth to four to ten young. Each pup weighs about a quarter of a pound, and the white tip of its tail is often already evident. During the first month, the pups grow a dark grey coat (they shed this coat and grow a sandy-colored coat about the time they venture out of their den, which is usually dug in a sandy bank). The mother stays with her young in the den, nursing and curling her body around them to help keep them warm for about two weeks, while the father brings her food. She then resumes her normal activity, returning to the den to nurse, clean and play with her pups.

2 responses

  1. So good to know, to be careful when walking around in the woods, we have a hilly ledge all along the back of our properties that I’m sure is a good place for a foxes den. We do have foxes and we do have Coyotes. Am I correct to assume though that the Adult Coyote is probably a predator of the fox pups?

    March 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    • Yes, Lydia, it’s my understanding that coyotes can and do occasionally kill even adult red foxes.

      March 29, 2013 at 7:02 pm

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