patagonian grey fox

patagonian grey fox facts

Name: Zorro Chilla or Gris / Patagonian Fox or Gray Fox
Scientific Name: Lycalopex griseus
Family: Canidae
Order: Carnivorous
Size: n/a
Weight: n/a

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 color, 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.

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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