Urocyon cinereoargenteus

Author: Nessie O'Neil

Meet the Gray Fox

Gray Fox Classification

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Canidae

Genus and Species: Urocyon cinereoargenteus

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Foxy Fun Facts

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Least Concern

6-15 lbs

6 years in the wild

14 years in captivity

The gray fox is widespread throughout North and Central America. 

Gray foxes are omnivorous solitary hunters which eat mostly rabbits, voles, shrews, and birds. The gray fox seeks out and eat more vegetation than red species foxes do. 

Gray foxes are not true foxes!

The gray fox is a bit more unique than other the foxes covered on this site as they aren’t one of the 12 true foxes of the Vulpes genus. Instead, this species is in the Genus Urocyon along with the Island fox.  At one point, the gray fox was the most common fox found in the Eastern US. Unfortunately, however, human advancement and deforestation resulted in the red fox taking that title. 

Gray foxes are small species of fox that generally weigh around 6-8lbs. They are easily distinguished from reds due to their gray and orange coloration and small snout size.

The gray fox is the only American canid that climbs trees, which is an ability shared with the Tanuki (raccoon dog) and the New Guinea Singing Dog. This small canid can climb vertical, branchless tree trunks, and will often do so to escape predators and find food and shelter.

Gray foxes typically live in hollow trees or in appropriately sized underground dens and have been seen in trees as high up as 30ft from the ground. Currently, the gray fox is assumed to be a socially monogamous species with a breeding season that changes based on their geographical location. 


Gray Foxes as Pets

With their big eyes and small statures, it’s easy to fall head over heels for gray foxes. But is having a pet gray fox right for you? Like any captive bred wild animal, living with a gray fox can be an absolute nightmare if you don’t know what to expect. If you are looking for advice on what it is like to keep a gray fox as a pet, read on!

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