Crab-eating Foxes Fun Facts

At Light Future Art, we’re sharing some fascinating and fantastic fun facts about a fox who isn’t actually a fox: the crab-eating fox!

Crab-eating Fox1. There are five sub-species of crab-eating foxes which live in parts of South America. They can generally be found in Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and even as far North as Panama.
2. Although called a fox, the crab-eating fox is not as closely related to true foxes as you might think. They are named after their appearance, which is similar to foxes and dogs.
3. Crab-eating foxes are known by other names, too. Some of these other names are the wood fox, the forest fox, the maikong, and the bushdog.
4. As their name suggests, crab-eating foxes do eat crabs. They also eat eggs, insects, fruit, fish, birds, rodents, and small reptiles. They may also scavenge if the opportunity presents itself or if the prey is scarce.

 

Close-up Crab-eating Fox5. The favorite habitat of crab-eating foxes is woodlands, forests, and grasslands. They do not like to live in tropical forests. Within these environments, crab-eating foxes tend to choose to reside near riverbanks. When the rivers flood, they hunt across the floodplain for many animals, including the one for which they are named.
6. Crab-eating foxes are most active at dusk and during the night. Their days are spent sleeping in burrows that have been abandoned by other animals. They are fairly solitary animals, preferring to hunt by themselves and live in pairs.
7. The collective noun for a group of crab-eating foxes is earth, skulk, troop, leash, or lead. Such groups are rarely formed, though, given their solitary nature.

 

Crab-eating Fox Pup

8. Crab-eating foxes are monogamous and usually have two litters of puppies per year. Each litter has between three and six pups. They are born with charcoal-colored fur, with a yellow patch of fur on their stomachs. After a little more than a month, they have their adult coat. Young crab-eating foxes reach adulthood after about a year.
9. Both the mother and father take part in caring for the puppies. They rely on their mother’s milk for the first month and can begin to eat solid food after then, though they aren’t fully weaned until they are three months old. The mother and father both hunt and bring back solid food for their babies.
10. Thankfully, due to their wide range and high population numbers, crab-eating foxes are categorized as under the least concern of extinction.

 

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