The Tibetan sand fox, with its unusual looking square face, can be found around the highlands and steppes of Nepal and Tibet. They are also known as the Tibetan fox or sand fox. Tibetan foxes are often hunted for their fur. Even though they are hunted frequently, their population remains stable. These foxes are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN. This article is on special request from my friend Ryan.
First the Stats…
Scientific name: Vulpes ferrilata
Weight: Up to 13 lbs.
Length: Up to 27.5 inches, plus a 15.5 inch long tail
Lifespan: Up to 10 years
Now on to the Facts!
1.) These foxes live at altitudes of up to 5,300 feet.
2.) They are monogamous (mate for life).
3.) Their highly muscled feet help them run in the rocky terrain.
4.) Tibetan foxes prey primarily on pikas, but will also eat rodents, rabbits, hares, ground birds, insects, carrion (dead animals), and even fruit.
5.) If threatened, these foxes will typically retreat to their den.
But wait, there’s more on the Tibetan sand fox!
6.) Males and females hunt together.
7.) Females give birth to 2 – 4 kits, after up to a 60 day gestation (pregnancy).
Did you know…?
Humans are the only known predator of Tibetan sand foxes.
8.) Kits typically leave home after around 10 months to find a mate and establish their own territory.
Now a Short Tibetan Sand Fox Video!
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