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Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes

Description:

With a reddish coat, red foxes have an elongated body, a bushy tail which is longer than half the body length and dark fore legs.

Habitat:

Introduced into Australia in the 1830s, they are a pest throughout mainland Australia. The red fox is responsible for the decline in numbers of several native native animals.

Notes:

This fox was spotted in a marshy "reserve" where water birds nest and breed. He spotted me and quickly retreated to the fence and soon disappeared into the bush through the fence. The fence is obviously not keeping him/her out !

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8 Comments

elaphrus
elaphrus 8 years ago

Ah, here in North America where they are uncommonly seen we love to see red foxes! But out of their native environment, it appears, they become pests.

Here in West Virginia we complain about the white-tailed deer as "vermin" that eat up the gardens (while grudingly admitting their beauty perhaps) while people from other areas are delighted to visit here and see meadows with ten or twelve deer.

Nice photo!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

You are so right Despina. The introduced plant or animal always suffers. Humans just say Oops, that was a mistake !... it continues to this day which is the worst.

There's so many introduced animal and plant species in Australia, I can't tell wich is the most destructive, the list is huge! But I think that the arrogant human ignorance was by far, the worse...

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

joacos1, I think red foxes are cute too but they are not native to Australia and they kill a lot of native australian animals which is really sad.
Anyway, you have the Pampas Fox which is native to the pampas -they look really interesting !

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

As wild animals go, I think he's really an attractive creature. It's a pity he is so destructive!

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

That's a worry. : (

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Sadly a twenty minute walk equals 3 vulpes and 1 felis hunting at midday! Horrible to think what they're doing to the natives but even they are struggling in the dry.

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

Great spot, Leuba. I've never seen one out in the open like this during the day.

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Mar 22, 2013
Submitted on Mar 22, 2013

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