Fennec fox

Fennec fox is the most amazing animal from the kind of foxes. The scientific name "Vulpes zerda" (Vulpes means belonging to the genus of foxes, zerda comes from the Greek word Xeros, meaning "dry" and indicates Fennec habitat - deserts of North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula). However, not all scientists agree with Fenech belonging to the genus of foxes, pointing to the differences in the structure and behavior of the other Fennec foxes.

Fennec fox

The size of Fenech is less than a domestic cat. Its dimensions: height 18-22 cm, length - 30-40 cm, tail - up to 30 cm, weighs 1.5 kg. Ears of Fennec are the largest among predators magnitude relative to the head; they reach 15 cm in length. Such big ears are needed not only for the reason that it has the slightest rustle in the sand to learn about the movement of their main prey - insects and small vertebrates.

Fennec fox

Ears of Fenech are an excellent source of thermoregulation: the blood vessels that are in ushih and is close to the skin, allow Fennec to rid the body of excess heat, which is vital in a hot desert climate. Young Fennec is almost white. Fennec can live for a long time without water, receiving fluid from foods. Fennecs live in burrows with many secret passages that dig themselves. Fennecs usually live in family groups, the number of individuals.

Fennec fox

Fennecs breed once a year. The breeding season takes place in January and February. Pregnancy lasts about 50 days. In March-April, female bears two to six cubs. Fennec puppies at birth weigh only 50 grams. Mother remains with cubs in the den to age of two weeks, when they opened their eyes. The male brings food, but does not go into the den, because at this time the female is very aggressive and it drives away from the puppies. At the age of 5 weeks, the cubs leave the den for the first time and wander around, but only at the age of 3 months are starting to go a considerable distance.
90%  |  8  |  Nov 24, 2016
Back
Forward
Close