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Japanese Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes japonica


The endemic red fox sub species of Japan. This one a medium sized fox with reddish fur over the head and shoulders paling to silver grey over the hind quarters. White under the muzzle and throat continuing throughout the under parts. Characteristic bushy tail and pointed muzzle with dark amber eyes.


Found crossing a country road in early morning near Karuizawa on the island of Honshu, Japan, in deciduous forest.


This fox sub looks a little different from the foxes I saw later in Hokkaido. I put this down to environmental factors as it was quite a bit warmer on Honshu. They are in fact separate sub species but I cannot find any data describing any physiological differences between them.

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triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Catie.

CEM_Kinloch a year ago

These are amazing photos. They have beautiful scenery as well.

triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Tukup. Glad you liked this.

Tukup a year ago

Terrific seris Triggs. Wonderful poses. Congratulations on your nomination for SOTW.

triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Leuba for your comment. Yes this one was far more nervous than they Hokkaido one. Thank you also Ashley for the nomination. Always an honour.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Great photos as usual ! you can almost sense a skittishness in the animal as well. Lovely spotting.

AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Yep. That'll do :)

triggsturner a year ago

Thanks Neil. Probably something along the lines of, "darn tourists!" ; )

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Very nice, Rob. It does appear to look different from your Hokkaido fox. This fellow obviously has something to say. Google translate at the ready :)

triggsturner a year ago

Thank you Roy.

Roy Arun
Roy Arun a year ago

Great capture Sir...

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安中市, 群馬県, Japan

Spotted on Feb 19, 2019
Submitted on Apr 4, 2019

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