Quantcast
Last updated on April 16, 2014 at 1:21 EDT

Cape Fox

The Cape Fox (Vulpes chama), also called cama fox or silver-backed fox is a small fox.

It has black or silver gray fur with flanks and underside in light yellow. The tip of its tail is always black.

Cape Foxes tend to be 17.72 to 24.02 in (45 to 61 cm) long, not including an 11.81 to 15.75 in (30 to 40 cm) tail. They are 11.02 to 12.99 in (28 to 33 cm) tall at the shoulder, and usually weigh from 7.94 to 11.02 lb (3.6 to 5 kg).

Habitat

The Cape Fox is found in Southern Africa from Zimbabwe to Angola. It prefers the open savanna and semi-arid regions in southwestern Africa, from Southern Zimbabwe to the Cape Province.

Behavior

It is nocturnal, found alone or in pairs, in savannas and steppes.

Food

Like most foxes it is an omnivore. It prefers small mammals, reptiles, and carrion, but will also eat insects and fruit.

Reproduction

The Cape Fox, unlike the Red Fox, mates the whole year. It gives birth after 51 to 53 days, in a usual litter-size of 3 to 6. They are weaned after 6 to 8 weeks and grown up in about one year. They have an average weight at birth of 1.7 to 3.5 oz (50 to 100 g).

It reaches sexual maturity in nine months with an expected life span of 10 years.

Cape Fox