Our next stop in our notebooking safari across Asia takes us to Turkmenistan. If you’re new to the notebooking safari, visit our first stop here.
We’re going to head to the desert to spot our next safari animal, Vulpes vulpes, or the red fox. Red foxes are the largest of all foxes, and they have the largest distribution of any animal in the Carnivora family. That means you’ll find red foxes spread out over more area than any other family in their order. You can find red foxes in the United States, England, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, China, and even Siberia!
We won’t want to get too close, but there’s a fox family near here that I want you to see. Come with me. There—do you see those rocks over on the right? Watch. Here comes a momma fox with five cubs. The father probably isn’t far away. She’ll teach them every day what they need to know so that they can be safe and ready to have their own families someday. She’ll teach them how to hunt mice and rabbits, what seeds are safe to eat, and what to do if they ever meet a human being.
Look at that one little cub. He keeps falling behind. Momma keeps going back and nudging him along, though. She won’t lose track of him!
Using the information on this page, answer the following questions:
True or False:
- The red fox likes to wrap its bushy tail around itself to keep warm.
- The red fox can hear animals that are hiding underground.
- Red fox pups are always born red.
Research challenge: What are some of the various habitats of the red fox? Name at least three and describe them in detail.
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