Cunning as a fox, swift as a fox -- who hasn't heard these similes? Foxes are true to their reputations is acting both cunningly and swiftly when needed. They are found in many regions worldwide and are seen as both friend and foe. Take this quiz to learn more about the elusive fox.
Which of these are names for baby foxes?
- cubs and kits
- kits and pups
- both of the above
In what way is the fox sometimes a pest?
- It hunts rodents.
- It destroys poultry.
- It preys on lizards.
What is the maximum length of an adult fox?
- over three feet (90 cms), tail included
- over three feet (90 cms), not including tail
- over four feet (122 cms), tail included
How would you describe a fox's ears?
- erect, almond-shaped ears
- droopy, triangular ears
- erect, triangular ears
Why are foxes' eyes more like cats' eyes than dogs' eyes?
- because they are green, not brown
- because they are elliptical in strong light, not round
- because they dilate at night, not constrict
Why were foxes introduced to Australian soil?
- in order to keep the rabbit population in check
- in order to regulate the growing koala population
- in order to fend off dingo attacks
What is the average lifespan of a fox?
- 14 years
- 18 years
- 20 years
When do foxes hunt for food?
- during both day and night
- at night
- during the day
Do only vixen (female foxes) take care of the young?
- No, this is a myth. Surprisingly, only the male fox takes care of the young.
- No, both parents take care of their young.
- Yes, only the vixen have this role.
What habitats are suited to the fox?
- Arctic and mountain regions
- coastal and desert regions
- many habitats, including those mentioned above
Do foxes hunt in a team?
- No, they hunt in pairs.
- No, they hunt alone.
- Yes, they hunt in small packs.
What non-meat foods do foxes sometimes eat?
How fast can foxes run?
- about 20 miles (32 kms) per hour
- over 25 miles (40 kms) per hour
- more than 30 miles (48 kms) per hour
What technique do foxes use to outwit their predators?
- They zigzag quickly to safety.
- They use cunning to throw the predators off their scent.
- They hide in bulrushes and weedy areas until the predators have lost sight of them.
What color is the tip of the red fox's tail?
Which fox is usually hunted in North America and Europe?
- the gray fox
- the red fox
- the kit fox
Why do foxes have whiskers?
- they don't -- except in fairy tales
- to intimidate their prey
- to help them feel their way in the dark
Which fox has the largest litter size?
- the Arctic fox
- the fennec fox
- the bat-eared Fox
Where do fennec foxes live?
- in the tropical rainforests of Venezuela and Peru
- in the woodlands of the U.S. and Canada
- in the deserts of northern Africa and Saudi Arabia
What do bat-eared foxes use their ears for?
- to pick up long-distance sounds
- to keep cool
- to fly silently like a bat