Vulpes zerda is more commonly referred to as the fennec fox. Fennec foxes are 2-3 lb. canines with ears as large as 6 inches in length from Africa. Fennec foxes can make great pets since they can be easily trained to use a litter box and are fed an accessible high-quality dog or cat food, such as the Mazuri Exotic Canine Diet.
Quick Facts About Fennec Foxes
- Fennecs can be found purring like a cat when they are happy.
- They are very social animals and live in colonies in the wild of up to 10 other foxes.
- They are listed as threatened in the wild by CITES.
- Fennec foxes are the smallest wild canid.
- During breeding season, vixens may develop “love handles,” or alopecia on their sides.
- Vixens are similar to felines in that they are seasonally polyestrous.
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- Fennecs must remain warm and will shiver if the air temperature goes below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
- They are nocturnal, but do like to lie out in the sun.
- Fennec foxes can climb out of outdoor enclosures, and dig up to twenty feet underground a night, so it is important to provide a secure area for them to exercise in.
- They have a scent gland located on the tip of their tail that can give off a musky odor when the fox is startle.
- Fennecs can survive up to 14 years in captivity if well cared for.
- Fennecs can also be fed supplemental fruits, raw meat, veggies, crickets, mealworms, eggs, and rodents alongside their formulated diet.