Red Fox | Vulpes Vulpes
Congratulations! You found clue number ten - The Red Fox. If you're quiet at night, you may see one running across the main lawn or through the borders
Famed for their cunning and stealth, these orangey-red dogs with their bushy tails can be seen in towns and countryside. They come out mostly at night but can also be seen during the day if you’re lucky!
Average lifespan: 2-3 years
Conservation status: Common.
When to see: January to December
The red fox is our only wild member of the dog family. They are not fussy eaters and will happily munch on small mammals, birds, frogs, worms as well as berries and fruit! Foxes that live in towns and cities may even scavenge in bins to look for scraps. A male fox, called a dog makes a barking noise whereas the females, called vixens make a spine-chilling scream sound. A medium-sized dog, the red fox is orangey-red above, white below, with black tips to the ears, dark brown feet and a white tip to the bushy, orange tail (known as the 'brush').