The Fennek: looks like a fox but it is not

Nature allnewf August 8, 2016 0 0
The Fennec Fox is a small fox species with large ears and a nice pointed snout. In many states in the US, it is even legal to keep as pets Fennek, whatever some people actually do.

General information

Latin name: Vulpes Zerda
Species: Predators
Type: omnivorous
Where they occur: in the Sahara of North Africa
How old are they: A fennek can live up to 10 years
The Fennek as pets
In Europe it is forbidden to keep a Fennek as a pet, but it is allowed in some states in the United States. Just look on YouTube, here you come to several movies where a Fennek lives with a family. In itself, the Fennek pretty good to keep as a pet because it can easily adapt to the domestic environment. It is also a social animal and therefore takes attention and is not aggressive but very playful. So remember that you have to furniture and flooring probably will not remain intact!


The Fennek eats both plants and meat, his diet consists of, among others:
  • Insects
  • Rodents
  • Plants
  • Eggs
  • Fruit
  • Small reptiles

Lifestyle habits

The coat, ears and kidneys are adapted to the fact that he lives in the desert and can survive at high temperatures and little water. They live mainly in burrows they dig in the sand. These caves can be 120 square meters in size. Often they are connected via tunnels dug dens of relatives.

Characteristics of the body

The first thing you notice when the Fennec Fox is that he has quite large ears. This he can hear prey moving underground. Fennek of the coat ensures that the heat off late in seasonal and it just keeps warm in cold seasons. The color of the coat is sandy, so that he almost did not stand out in the desert. This allows him to hunt easier prey. The Fennek weight is between 1.5 and 3.5 kilos and has a length of 24 as ?? n ?? 40 centimeters long. The Fennek of the tail has a black-colored end and is quite long, as ?? n three-quarters of the length of its body.


The Fennec Fox is a social animal that is looking for a partner for life and not just to mate with. The young remain for a long time with their parents. The Fennek plant usually produced in January / February and then boy in March and April. During the time that the female is pregnant, the male is quite aggressive to protect the female and to provide food. The pregnancy lasts so ?? s 52 days and they receive an average of between one and four young.