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Island fox
(Urocyon littoralis)
island fox
Description
The Island fox has gray fur on its head, a ruddy red coloring on its sides, white fur on its belly, throat and the lower half of its face, and a black stripe on the dorsal surface of its tail. They molt once a year between August and November. Before the first molt, pups are woolly and have a generally darker coat than adult foxes.
Dimensions
Their average head-and-body ranges from 18 to 20 inches. Shoulder height goes from 4 to 6 inches, and the tail is 4 to 11 inches long. They weigh between 2.2 and 6.2 lb. Males are always larger than the females.
Diet
They eat fruits, insects, birds, eggs, crabs, lizards, and small mammals, including deer mice.
Habitat & Range
They are native to six of the eight Channel Islands of California.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS NEAR THREATENED

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