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Rüppell's Fox
Rüppell's Fox
In White Desert, Egypt
Common Name Rueppell's fox and Sand Fox.
Range North Africa and the Middle East.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Canidae
Genus Vulpes
Species Vulpes rueppellii
Conservation Status
Least Concern

Rüppell's Fox is a species of the Vulpes genus. It is named after the German collector Eduard Rüppell. It lives in North Africa and the Middle East, from Morocco and the Sahel region to the Afghanistan hills.


the body of a Rüppell's fox can be between 40 and 52 centimeters long, and it's tail can be up to 30 centimeters long. It can weigh up to 3.5 kilograms. The. Oat of a Rüppell's Fox is usually sandy tan or silver in color with a pale underside. It has black markings on its muzzle and a white-tipped tail.==


The Rüppell's Fox is either crepuscular or nocturnal, sheltering in a den by day. However, a den can hold only one adult fox (though a breeding den can hold a breeding pair of foxes and their offspring), so the fox has to change dens every five days. Most dens are dig under rocks or trees. A Rüppell's fox has scent glands, used mostly in greetings or fending off predators (the only ones being the Eagle Owl or the Steppe Eagle. The Rüppell's fox is restricted only to desert habitats due to competition with its larger cousin, the Red Fox. Unlike the Red. Fox, the Rüppell's Fox marks it's territory with urine, rather than dung.


Rüppell's foxes are omnivorous, but the diet depends on where it lives. In some areas, it is insectivorous, feeding on beetles and other invertebrates. With some foxes, the bulk of their diet consists of small mammals, birds, and lizards. Plant foods eaten include grass, succulents, and fruits. Some foxes were reported to have been eating Human garbage.


Rüppell's Foxes mate for life and mating typically takes place in November, after the female has prepared a breeding den. After a 52 - 53 day gestation period, a litter of up to six cubs (though usually Two or three) are born. The young are weaned at 6 - 8 weeks old and are independent at 4 months old. A Rüppell's Fox lives for at least 7 years in the wild, and up to 12 years in captivity.