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The Fennec Fox, a nocturnal animal no bigger than an average size rabbit but a deadly predator at night even if it does look cute and fluffy.

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These very cute animals are part of the mammal family. They range and roam around in the very hot conditions of North Africa. They are a prime example of adaptations to an ever changing climate. The Fennec Fox is the smallest of all the world’s foxes. Their ears are very large compared to its body, making everyone believe that this is a creation gone wrong. The fox when fully grown will measure roughly about 40 cm in length and only weigh about 1 kilogramme roughly the same weight as a bag of sugar.  The Fennec Foxes ears can usually measure on average about 15 cm long. The ears are well adapted to living in the harsh conditions of Africa and Asia. The ears are there for dispersing heat away from their bodies. Their fur is a pale colour making it great for them to camouflage amongst the desert sand. Because of the animal been nocturnal, they do have thick fur to keep them protected and warm while roaming around the deserts. Thick fur can also be found on its feet to protect it from the hot sand during the day.

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Night night

The fox when fully grown will measure roughly about 40 cm in length and only weigh about 1 kilogramme roughly the same weight as a bag of sugar.  The Fennec Foxes ears can usually measure on average about 15 cm long. The ears are well adapted to living in the harsh conditions of Africa and Asia. The ears are there for dispersing heat away from their bodies. Another reason for the ears as you could imagine is for listening. They will listen to movement underground in hope to catch a tasty insect. Their fur is a pale colour making it great for them to camouflage amongst the desert sand. Because of the animal been nocturnal, they do have thick fur to keep them protected and warm while roaming around the deserts. Thick fur can also be found on its feet to protect it from the hot sand during the day.

The Fennec Fox inhabits the Sahara desert which can reach extraordinary heat. On average the desert will be around 30 degrees Celsius all year around in the summer this can spike to over 40-degree celsius. At night the temperature can get below

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Fennec Fox Protecting it’s Den

freezing.  They are social little guys roaming around in groups of 10 or more. They burrow around and sleep in little burrows in the day time, the burrows will interconnect with each other making an underground community. Once the Fox has dug its burrow it will line it with fur to make it comfortable for the fox to sleep during the day. The burrows are called dens, they usually cover a very large area reaching over 1200 square feet. (About one-half of a tennis court)

The Diet of the Fennec fox is I guess what most people would expect. Most desert animals are Omnivores and the Fennec Fox is no exception. With them been Omnivores, this makes them well adapted to the desert life. Eating both plants and insects anything can be food for them. All food in the desert is limited therefore every opportunity to eat has to be taken. Like camels, the foxes have again adapted over the 100’s of years to go a long time without water. The Fennec Fox has limited predators to deal with because they are difficult animals to capture, but the Eagle Owl is the fox’s main predator. Other potential predators include jackals, hyenas and Caracals ( Wild Cats).

Through January and March, this is when the breeding season hits the Fennec Fox. They will only give birth once per year. The average litter size has been about 2 – 5 young kits. The males will stay away from the maternal den until the young kits have grown up and developed. The foxes will usually live for about 12 years.

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An Interesting Fact You Didn’t Know Before Reading This!!!!

Dens can have as many as 15 different entrances and connect to the dens of different families.

 

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