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The Crab-eating Fox (Cerdocyon thous) is found in the heart of South America, from Venezuela and Colombia to Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. It's also known as the forest fox, common fox and wood fox.


Its habitat are the subtropical forests, savannas, caatingo, plains and campo. They adjust their range to accommodate the rainy season, moving to higher ground to avoid flooding. The Crab-eating Fox gets its name from one of its favorite prey, which are crabs it digs out out of the muddy floodplains, as well as turtle eggs, tortoises, other crustaceans, insects and reptiles.

Crab-eating Foxes can weigh up to 17 pounds (7.7 Kg) and measure 25 inches (64 cm) in body length, with a 11-inch (28 cm) tail. They are mainly nocturnal animals but are most active at dusk. They have a versatile social structure, hunting alone or living and hunting in pairs, and this organization can change seasonally.


Crab-eating Foxes form monogamous breeding pairs and will breed twice a year. After a gestation period of 56 days, the female will give birth to a litter of three to six kits. Both parents will help in rearing the cubs to adolescence.


Crab-eating Foxes are not typically hunted for their fur, because their pelts are not considered to be particularly valuable. And because the Fox doesn't threaten livestock or agriculture, it can exist in relative peace with human settlements - although they are often wrongly blamed for attacking livestock. They are easily domesticated, and often bred and kept as pets by locals.

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