Long day today. It helps to focus on cute foxes.

The Pale Fox (Vulpes pallida) is a small fox that can be found in the Sahel, which is the biogeographic/ecoclimatic zone of transition between the Sahara Desert (north) and the Sudanian Savanna (south). It is a semi-arid climate, and it stretches all the way across Africa. The Pale Fox is one of the least studied of all canid species, because its sandy-colored coat makes it difficult to find in its remote habitat.

The Pale Fox digs networks of burrows so that it can rest underground during the heat of the day. The burrow networks are as long as 50 feet (15 meters) and as deep below the surface as 6.5 feet (2 meters). As an adaptation to living in a semi-arid climate, it can go for long periods of time without drinking, being able to retain water from its diet of berries, insects, reptiles and rodents.

There are five recognized subspecies of Pale Fox:

  • Vulpes pallida pallida
  • Vulpes pallida cyrenaica
  • Vulpes pallida edwardsi
  • Vulpes pallida harterti
  • Vulpes pallida oertzeni

Little to nothing is known about the specific mating habits of the Pale Fox, but female Pale Foxes will give birth to an average of four kits (litter sizes can be anywhere from one to six) after a 53-day gestation period. Pale Foxes live in family groups with about three adults - usually a female and two males, and offspring.

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