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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.
A Tibetan fox is a type of Tibetan fox that belongs to the family of Canidae.
Tibetan sand foxes (Vulpes ferrilata) belong to the class of Mammals, also known as Mammalia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tibetan sand foxes have a life expectancy of about 8-10 years in the wild at most.
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.
According to the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, their status is listed as Least Concern and they are not endangered.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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).
A Tibetan fox weighs around 6.6-13.2 lb (3-6 kg).
Females of the species are called 'vixens' while males are called 'reynards' or 'tods'. They are collectively known as Tibetan sand foxes.
A Tibetan sand fox baby is called a 'kit', 'pup' or 'cub'.
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.
Yes, they are somewhat dangerous. Although they are the smallest species of fox, they may pose a danger if startled.
No, a Tibetan fox would not make a good pet as they prefer living alone in the wild habitat.
A Tibetan fox is a diurnal fox species that usually forages during the day because most of their prey are diurnal.
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.
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.
You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our red fox coloring pages.
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