What Do Foxes Eat | What Do Red Foxes Eat

Do you know what do foxes eat? This article demonstrates the real facts about the foxes diet. In the wild, foxes can survive up to 10 years. However, due to road accidents, diseases and excessive hunting these animals have undergone rapid decrease in their population over the recent years. For the same reason they tend to live for only 2 – 3 years. Foxes are smaller in size in comparison to the jackals, wolves, and wild dogs. Foxes weigh around 5.9 kg (13 lb), with the males are relatively heavier than females.

What Do Foxes Eat

Foxes have a flexible diet plan and because of the fact that they are omnivorous, the diet is predominantly composed of plants and animals. The fox’s diet varies depending on the habitat and the seasonal availability of food.

These animals are the opportunistic feeders and they primarily prey on lizards, rodents, rabbits, earthworms, fish, mollusks, mice, fruits and berries, snakes, voles, hares, carrions, small birds, eggs, and grasshoppers. Foxes also consume grains, grass and fungi.

Among fruits, these species feed on strawberries, plums, apples, and blackberries. Because of their opportunistic nature, foxes also feed on waster products or garbage bins when they’re in close proximity to the human settlement.

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what do foxes eatOther invertebrates and mammals include reptiles, amphibians, berries, fruits, fish, birds, eggs, beetles, insects, grasses, scorpions and dung beetles.

Most foxes consume almost 1 kg of food each day. They tend to hide their foods under the leaves. If you’re thinking to keep foxes as pets, then you’d probably need to aware of all the food that must be fed to these species. These foods include fish, eggs, chicken (without bones), jam, sandwiches, wet dog food, dried dog food, and peanut butter sandwiches.

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What Do Red Foxes Eat

Like all fox species, red foxes also exhibit varied diet pattern. A survey conducted in Russia which concluded that these foxes have consumed more than 300 animals and plant.

Red foxes primarily feed on voles, mice, gerbils, deer mice, birds, mouse-like rodents, woodchucks, galliformes, waterfowls, ground squirrels, hamsters, leporids, raccoons, opossums, reptiles, and other invertebrates such as porcupines, and flotsam.

They also prey on many marine mammals, and pocket gophers. Even though rarely, red foxes also attack small ungulates. These species prey on mammals, with a weight measuring at 3.5 kg each day.

Red foxes are also very fond of consuming plants; however, in the autumn season foxes tend to eat 100% of fruits. These fruits include cherries, sedges, persimmons, mulberries, blueberries, grapes, plums, apples, raspberries, and blackberries. Other things include tubers, grasses, acorns, and sedges.

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7 comments

  1. that’s is good information I found just what I needed to find thanks. :)

  2. Red fox are beautiful, have one on the farm in Iowa. He’s wild and don’t see him much.

  3. RICHARD WELDON EXCELLENT INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT FOXES EAT

  4. Dr. Mark Abrahams

    I live in Miami, FL on what was until a week ago a defunct golf course. They bulldozed every single tree (which is what I moved here for), and displaced all kinds of wildlife. Now, we have a large red fox. I hadn’t seen a fox in 18 years, and those were the size of a cat. This is the size of a medium dog or coyote! It is a stunning creature, and I’ve left turkey hot dogs and as much as half a can of wet dog food for it (or them. I think I heard some communication sounds). My complex is bounded by a wall, with busy 4-lane highways outside, so the fox is trapped with 115 homes.

    I appreciate the info. Going to leave out the pulp from some juiced Honeydew melon with some dog food, and maybe some grapes, and probably buy some dry dogfood. If the cars don’t kill him [them], I’ll continue to play ‘The Little Prince’ with him. :-)

  5. I love animals too.nice thing you did ,I am sure they appreciate what you do for them!

  6. Cool! I think we only have gray fox in my area (south Dade near the Everglades) but Im not sure. I did once see something with a white tail tip dart across the street, and that would have to be a Red. The fox I feed (eggs, cat and dog food) are small, under 15 lbs and slide right through a farm fence square (six inches square.) I put out a wildlife camera to record them. I think it is also not a bad idea to deworm them (Ivermectin) so they stay healthy and benefit from all the food.

  7. Oh, another thing… the reason I checked this blog was because I wanted to know if fox eat raccoons, because I caught on video a partial picture of a raccoon’s tail where the raccoon is apparently browsing, then suddenly it is eclipsed by a fox’s tail as if it was jumped by the fox! All this occurs in a clear open area, and there was no fur or blood in the a.m., so it kind of looked as if they were playing!

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