|Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis)|
DESCRIPTION: Wt=4-5 lbs (1.8-2.3 kg) (about the size of a cat). Overall yellowish-tan with gray back and light belly. Tail black-tipped. Ears large and triangular and snout thinner compared to Gray Fox.
NATURAL HISTORY: Omnivorous, but mostly feed on kangaroo rats, other small rodents, and rabbits. Mostly nocturnal. They are solitary hunters but live with their mate most of the year and both parents care for the 3-5 young. Kit Foxes are the only members of the dog family to use dens year-round. Kit foxes, like their kangaroo rat prey, never have to drink free water, obtaining enough water from the food they eat; therefore, kit foxes can live in very arid areas.
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