Patagonian Grey Fox Facts   

  • Name:
    Zorro Chilla or Gris / Patagonian Fox or Grey Fox
  • Scientific Name:
    Lycalopex griseus
  • Family:
    Canidae
  • Order:
    Carnivorous
  • Description:
    It is smaller than the Culpeo Fox, measuring between 80-90 cm. (35 to 39 in) including its tail (30 -36 cm/ 13 to 16 in). The male weighs 4 kg (9 lb) and females about 3.5 kg (8 lb). Its chin is a very strong black colour, while its legs are pale reddish brown with a black spot on its thigh. The underside of the tail is reddish brown mixed with black.
 
Patagonian Grey Fox

Reproduction:

They begin mating at age 1 and the season is from June to October. They mate only once a year, and have between 3 and 6 offspring in burrows. As additional information, it is curious that the male helps the female in feeding its offspring.

Distribution:

Throughout Chile.

Habitat:

Steppe and Xerofitic shrublands areas

Food:

Their diet consists mainly of birds, lizards, rodents, insects , worms, hares and also eat some wild fruits like Calafate , Chaura and Zarzaparrilla.

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