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Bengal Fox

Bengal Fox Range Map (India, Nepal & Pakistan)
Bengal Fox Range Map (India, Nepal & Pakistan)





Latin Name Vulpes bengalensis
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location India, Nepal & Pakistan
Colour Reddish/Brown
Length Approx. 50 cms (20 inches)
Tail 25 - 30 cms (9.8 - 12 inches)
Weight 3 - 4 Kgs (6.6 - 8.8 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 10 Yrs


Main Characteristics


Bengal Foxes have a body length of approximately 50 cms (20 inches), a tail length between 25 and 30 cms (9.8 - 12 inches) and they weigh between 3 and 4 kgs (6.6 - 8.8 lbs).

They are reddish brown in colour with a pale coloured underside. Their long, bushy tail has a distinctive black tip and they have a long, pointed muzzle.


Habitat

Bengal Foxes live in grasslands, wooded areas and semi-arid regions of India, Nepal and Pakistan. They live in pairs and they inhabit burrows that are 0.6 - 0.9 m (2 - 3 ft) below the surface of the ground.

Diet

Bengal Foxes are omnivores and they mainly feed on birds, rodents, reptiles, insects, eggs and fruit. Although they live in pairs they usually hunt alone.

Breeding

Bengal Foxes breed once per year and mating takes place from December to January. After a gestation period of 51 - 53 days, 3 - 6 young are born in a den. Both parents help to raise the young and they are weaned at around 1 month old.

The young foxes become independent at 4 - 5 months old and they reach sexual maturity at 1 - 2 years of age.

Predators

Humans, wolves and feral dogs are predators of the Bengal Fox.

Subspecies

There are no subspecies of the Bengal Fox.

Interesting Facts

Bengal Foxes are also known as:
Indian Fox

Similar Animals

Red Fox
Corsac Fox
Cape Fox
Kit Fox
Pale Fox
Arctic Fox
Blanford's Fox
Fennec Fox

 


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