Kit Fox Skull Replica

$91.00

The Kit Fox is a small nocturnal, canid native to arid desert regions of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Its outward appearance is very similar to that of the Swift fox.

Description

Kit Fox Skull Replica measures 4.5 inches. Kit Fox Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum fox skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The Kit fox or Vulpes macrotis mutica is a fox species of North America. Its range is primarily in the Southwestern United States and northern and central Mexico. It usually has a gray coat, with rusty tones, and a black tip to its tail.

Unlike the gray fox, it has no stripe along the length of its tail. Its color ranges from yellowish to gray, and the back is usually darker than the majority of its coat; its belly and inner ears are usually lighter. It has distinct dark patches around the nose.

The Kit fox or Vulpes macrotis mutica is mostly a nocturnal animal, but sometimes ventures out of its den during the day.

It usually goes out to hunt shortly after sunset, mostly eating small animals such as kangaroo rats, cottontail rabbits, black-tailed jackrabbits, meadow voles, hares, prairie dogs, insects, lizards, snakes, fish, and ground-dwelling birds. It will scavenge carrion.

While primarily carnivorous, if food is scarce, it has been known to eat tomatoes, cactus fruits and other fruits. Different kit fox families can occupy the same hunting grounds, but do not generally go hunting at the same time.

The Kit fox or Vulpes macrotis mutica experiences a very interesting, but rare, tooth malformation that causes Bigeminy: a heart rhythm problem. This is caused by the fusion of a maxillary third premolar tooth and an adjoining supernumerary tooth which makes a single tooth with two cusps and three roots.

Kit fox or Vulpes macrotis mutica favor arid climates, such as desert scrub, chaparral, and grasslands. Good examples of common habitats are sagebrush.

They can be found in urban and agricultural areas, too. They are found at elevations 1,300 to 6,200 ft. above sea level. The average lifespan of a wild Kit fox or Vulpes macrotis mutica is 5.5 years.

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Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 4.5 in
Kit Fox Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus: Vulpes
Species: V. macrotis
Binomial name: Vulpes macrotis
Conservation status: Least concern