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A Tibetan sand fox, also known as a Tibetan fox and a Vulpes ferrilata, belongs to the family of Canidae and the class of mammals, also known as Mammalia. Vulpes ferrilatas are mainly distributed all over the Tibetan Plateau and the Ladakh Plateau. These foxes are restricted to the temperate climate with steppes and semi-arid or arid grasslands. Tibetan sand foxes are seen rarely and generally live alone or with their mates. A Tibetan sand fox is of a grayish yellow-tan color, covered in a dense coat and a soft layer of fur all over its body, especially across its narrow muzzle.

Primarily their preferred diet consists of black-lipped pika that shares a similar geographical range and habitat. Tibetan sand foxes are carnivores and they also scavenge on Tibetan antelopes, blue sheep, and livestock. Their dentition is well structured and developed for this diet as they have narrow maxilla and sharp and long canines. Northern Alaskan foxes are bigger than Tibetan sand foxes.

To know more about these fascinating animals, we have gathered a set of interesting facts about them for you to read. You can also read our articles on gray fox and bat-eared fox.
 

Fun Tibetan Sand Fox Facts For Kids


What do they prey on?

Rodents, rabbits, hares, pikas, ground birds, and insects

What do they eat?

Meat

Average litter size?

2-4

How much do they weigh?

6.6-13.2 lb (3-6 kg)

How long are they?

24-28 in (60-70 cm)

How tall are they?

Unknown


What do they look like?

Grayish and tan

Skin Type

Fur

What were their main threats?

Humans

What is their conservation status?

Least Concern

Where you'll find them?

Steppes, And Semi-arid Grasslands, Highlands

Locations

Tibetan Plateau And Ladakh Plateau

Kingdom

Animalia

Genus

Vulpes

Class

Mammal

Family

Canidae

Tibetan Sand Fox Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Tibetan sand fox?

A Tibetan fox is a type of Tibetan fox that belongs to the family of Canidae.

What class of animal does a Tibetan sand fox belong to?

Tibetan sand foxes (Vulpes ferrilata) belong to the class of Mammals, also known as Mammalia.

How many Tibetan sand foxes are there in the world?

Tibetan sand foxes are rarely seen. There is no exact estimated number of the population of Tibetan sand foxes in the world since the late ’80s when the local population density in Tibet was thought to be around 37,000. They are classified as a species of Least Concern according to the IUCN.

Where does a Tibetan sand fox live?

Tibetan sand foxes are mainly distributed over the Tibetan Plateau and the Ladakh Plateau. These sand foxes primarily prefer semi-arid or arid highlands and grasslands of Tibet, China, Nepal, and India. They live at an elevation of around 8,200-17,100 ft (2.5-5.2 km) and are seen inhabiting upland plains and hills. Tibetan sand foxes are distributed all over the Tibetan Plateau, streambeds and barren slopes, punctuated with pockets of lower densities found around rocky, sedimentary, and bushy areas that are at an elevation. Tibetan foxes' dens are found in low lands under piles of boulders and rocks.

What is a Tibetan sand fox's habitat?

Tibetan sand foxes are restricted to a temperate climate with steppes and semi-arid or arid grasslands. They avoid heavy vegetation and humans, and so they reside away from thick vegetation cover and the human population. They live in dens excavated and present in low slopes of steppes or plateaus made of sedimentary boulders and old beach lines.

Who do Tibetan sand foxes live with?

A Tibetan fox generally lives alone. They are solitary and they prefer being alone. However, they have often been sighted hunting and inhabiting in pairs. They are not territorial and they live in close proximity to other members of the fox kingdom. These Tibetan foxes share a commensal bond with brown bears while foraging and hunting for pikas.

How long does a Tibetan sand fox live?

Tibetan sand foxes have a life expectancy of about 8-10 years in the wild at most.

How do they reproduce?

A Tibetan fox is viviparous, giving birth to the young ones themselves with most of the embryonic development occurring within them. They are generally monogamous, and so they mate with partners for life. From late February to early March, they have their mating season when all the pairs of Tibetan foxes come together to breed. A female Tibetan fox is assumed to have a gestation period of 50-60 days, and subsequently, females give birth to two to four kits of young ones. Both females and males of this species are responsible for raising and feeding their young ones. The kits are blind and altricial when they are born, and so they stay in close proximity to the dens and their parents till they are around nine months old. As the kits do not come out of the den, their gestation period is not known exactly. Their litter size ranges from two to five young ones and young ones attain sexual maturity once they are eight to ten months old.

What is their conservation status?

According to the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, their status is listed as Least Concern and they are not endangered.

Tibetan Sand Fox Fun Facts

What do Tibetan sand foxes look like?

A Tibetan sand fox is a grayish, yellow-tan color with a dense coat and a soft layer of fur all over its body, especially across their narrow muzzle. They have a tawny band on the dorsal part. Its crown, muzzle, back, lower legs, belly, and neck are all tan to rufous in color. Whereas their upper legs, cheeks, and rumps are gray. They have a bushy tail with white tips. These foxes possess small triangular ears, which are grayish at the back and white on the underside, with broad and square heads. Their color ranges from solid black, tan yellow to reddish-brown. The muzzle is relatively elongated compared to most of the other fox species. Their dentition is well structured and developed as they have narrow maxilla and sharp and long canines.

Tibetan sand fox facts are all about their population, appearance, and preferred habitat.

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How cute are they?

They are very adorable, especially their bushy tail covered with fur. They are cute but dangerous, so catching sight of them safely without startling them is the best idea.

How do they communicate?

Tibetan foxes mainly use visual, tactile, acoustic, and chemical channels to communicate and perceive. They are not really loud as they generally live in close proximity to each other, so long-distance communication is unnecessary. They use scent to demarcate territories.

How big is a Tibetan sand fox?

Tibetan sand foxes are 24-28 in (60-70 cm) long. They are around two times bigger than pugs. A Tibetan fox is smaller than a red fox.

How fast can a Tibetan sand fox run?

A Tibetan sand fox has well-developed muscles which helps it to run at a very fast speed. One source claims the top speed of the animal to be 44 mph (70.8 kph).

How much does a Tibetan sand fox weigh?

A Tibetan fox weighs around 6.6-13.2 lb (3-6 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

Females of the species are called 'vixens' while males are called 'reynards' or 'tods'. They are collectively known as Tibetan sand foxes.

What would you call a baby Tibetan sand fox?

A Tibetan sand fox baby is called a 'kit', 'pup' or 'cub'.

What do they eat?

Tibetan sand foxes are carnivores and they scavenge on antelopes, blue sheep, and livestock. They primarily feed on wooly hares, rodents, pikas, ground birds, and insects. This fox species usually forages and hunts in pairs, usually a male fox and a female fox who hunt together and share the hunted food. Their preferred diet consists of black-lipped pika that shares a similar geographical range and habitat.

Are they dangerous?

Yes, they are somewhat dangerous. Although they are the smallest species of fox, they may pose a danger if startled.

Would they make a good pet?

No, a Tibetan fox would not make a good pet as they prefer living alone in the wild habitat.

Did you know...

A Tibetan fox is a diurnal fox species that usually forages during the day because most of their prey are diurnal.

When was a Tibetan sand fox first discovered?

Tibetan foxes, or Tibetan sand foxes, were first found in India in 2005. This species of fox was first reported in the Himalayan range in meadows where they usually prey on marmots.

What is special about a Tibetan sand fox?

A Tibetan sand fox face has a flat, broad, and bulky head, which helps it to forage and hunt for pikas, marmots, and lizards. Moreover, a Tibetan fox is skilled at hunting as they have a very excellent sense of hearing.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals, including swift fox or fennec fox.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our red fox coloring pages.

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Moumita Dutta

<p>A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.</p>

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