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Scientific Name Diet Height Weight Life Span
Urocyon cinereoargenteus Omnivore 12-15 in (at shoulder) 8–15 lbs 13 years (captive) 10 years (wild)
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Grey Fox Description

The grey fox gets its name due to its various shades of gray coloring. It has a whitish-gray color along its back with a rusty-red color running down the sides of its neck, base of its tail and back of its legs. The grey fox has nonretractable, sharp, cat-like claws. These claws come in handy for digging and climbing trees.

Grey Fox Diet  

In The Wild: Rabbits, mice, voles, chipmunks, squirrels, fruits, insects, birds, eggs, carrion, corn, amphibians, reptiles. As well as anything it can scavenge.

In Captivity: Raw meats (preferably not pork), high-quality kibble with taurine, eggs, vegetables, fruits, small prey (mice, chicks).

Grey Fox Population

In The Wild: The grey fox can be found in many locations around North America. The majority of grey foxes live in Columbia, Canada, & Venezuela.
They tend to avoid the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains while spending most of their time in the woodlands and brush. A subspecies of the grey fox exists in southern South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and eastern Texas.

In Captivity: Slowly increasing as an exotic pet in the states in which it is legal. Check with your individual state regarding legality.

Grey Fox Behavior

• Solitary hunters
• Flexible diet
• Tree climber (only fox that has this ability)
• Love to swim
• Can run at more than 20 mph
• The most cat-like of all foxes

Grey Fox Reproduction

• Mate from late January to May
• Peak of breeding occurs in March
• 51-63 day gestation period
• Litters of 2-7 (average 3-5) are born in late March or April

Pet Grey Foxes Taz and Tildy. Owned by Ralph Petricone.

Pet Grey Foxes Taz and Tildy. Owned by Ralph Petricone.