Fox Facts for Kids

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Join Albert as he explores amazing fox facts for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners. Click on the images to hear silly sounds and then read about fun fox facts like what do foxes look like?, what sound do foxes make?, how big are foxes?, what do foxes eat?, where do foxes live?, and more fun facts about foxes for kids!

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What do foxes look like?

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Foxes are mammals, which means that they are warm-blooded, have fur and they feed milk to their babies. 

There are lots of different types of foxes.

Some are orangey-red, some are snow white and others are gray-brown in color. 

They are small dog-like animals with pointed ears and a bushy tail. 

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What sound do foxes make?

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At night-time foxes can sound a bit spooky. They can make high-pitched screams and squeals and also hoot like an owl! They can also purr and chatter and make raspy-barks.

Foxes can communicate with one another using up 28 different noises.

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How big are foxes?

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Some species of fox are 35 inches (89 cm) long and some are as small as 15 inches (38 cm) long.

The size of foxes varies a lot. They are similar to a large house cat or small pet dog. Because of their thick fur and bushy tails, they can seem larger.

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What do foxes eat?

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Foxes are omnivores which means that they eat both meat and vegetation.

They are great at hunting. They catch rabbits, rats, birds and frogs. They even slurp down worms! When they don’t eat meat, foxes eat berries and fruit.

In towns and cities, foxes also scavenge in trashcans.

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Where do foxes live?

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Foxes live in lots of different places. They are found in grasslands, forests, deserts and even in the snowy Arctic.

More fun facts about foxes for kids

  • Foxes have magical powers! Well, maybe not magical but pretty cool powers. They can use the Earth’s magnetic field to find their prey. In the winter, mice are often hidden under a foot of snow. The fox listens for the mice and smells for the mice. But it also, somehow, faces North before successfully pouncing on its prey. It is thought that the fox can “see” North. If we want to find North or travel somewhere we can use a compass.
  • The arctic fox can cope so well with the cold, that it doesn’t start shivering until the temperature reaches -94 oF (-70oC).
  • Arctic foxes are very well camouflaged. We often wear different clothes throughout the year, like coats in winter and t-shirts in summer. The Arctic fox has bright white fur in winter to blend in with the snow and brown fur in summer to blend in with the dirt and rocks.
  • Arctic foxes sometimes follow polar bears in hope of getting some of their food.
  • Foxes tuck themselves in at night with their tail curled around their snout.
  • Foxes have excellent hearing and can hear mice digging underground.
  • Foxes can run up to 30 miles per hour (58 kilometers per hour).

Sources: Wikipedia, Live Science, Creative Commons, Britannica.com and Freesound.org

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Alphabetical list of animals that start with F

A full alphabetical list of popular animal names that begin with the letter F for toddlers and preschool kids.

  1. Falcon
  2. Ferret
  3. Finch
  4. Firefly
  5. Fish
  6. Flamingo
  7. Flea
  8. Flounder
  9. Fly
  10. Flying Fish
  11. Flying Squirrel
  12. Fossa
  13. Fox
  14. Frill-Necked Lizard
  15. Frog

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