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Encyclopedia > Cross fox

The cross fox is a color variant of the red fox, Vulpes vulpes. Binomial name Vulpes vulpes (Linnaeus, 1758) The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), the most familiar of the foxes, has the widest range of any terrestrial carnivore. ...


Red foxes are normally solid red (in shades from crimson to gold) with black legs and ears and a white underside. Approximately 30% of wild individuals have additional black patterning, which usually manifests as a stripe across the shoulders and down the center of the back. This pattern forms a "cross" over the shoulders, hence the term "cross fox".


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NTA - Red Fox (1601 words)
Cross fox often have reddish sides and dark along the middle of the back area, with a cross of dark colored fur running from one front leg over the back to the other front leg.
Fox are well equipped to hunt, and they commonly pounce in a stiff legged fashion upon unsuspecting voles, mice, and rabbits.
Nearly naked tails are observed in mange infested fox, and it appears that nearly all foxes infected with mange die slow and painful deaths.
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