Mythbri's complaints about TV, December 11th Edition:

Since when did USA become the 24-hour Law & Order: SVU channel? All sexual assault, all the time. Ryan Reynolds, you are the whiniest Lantern EVER. We all hate you. Animal Planet, shows about intestinal or blood parasites are not helpful when I'm not 100% in the "Feeling Great" department. So I will settle for AMC's Home Alone 2 marathon.

The Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) is a small canid that can be found from southern Canada to Venezuela and Colombia. While the Red Fox is dominant in the eastern United States, the Gray Fox is more populous in the western States. They can grow up to 27 inches (69 cm) in body length, with a 17-inch tail (43 cm). The largest specimens have been recorded to weigh about 20 pounds (9 Kg), however a more average weight is 15 (7 Kg). Foxes of the genus Vulpes have slit-pupiled eyes - the Gray Fox, being of the Urocyon genus, has oval-shaped pupils.

Gray Foxes are omnivores, and most often hunts on its own. The most common type of vegetation it will eat are fruits, and they seek those out whenever they are in season. When it does hunt, it will prey on insects, rodents and lagomorphs (rabbits, hares, etc.).

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There are currently sixteen recognized subspecies of Gray Fox:

  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus cinereoargenteus (eastern United States)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus borealis (New England)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus californicus (southern California)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus costaricensis (Costa Rica)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus floridanus (Gulf Coast)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus fraterculus (Yucatan Peninsula)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus furvus (Panama)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus guatemalae (Guatemala)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus madrensis (Sonora, Chihuahua and Durango)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus nigrirostris (southwest Mexico)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus ocythous (Central Plains States)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus orinomus (Isthmus of Tehuantepec)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus peninsularis (Baja California)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus scotti (southwest United States)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus townsendi (northern California and Oregon)
  • Urocyon cinereoargenteus venezuelae (Venezuela and Colombia)

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Gray Foxes form monogamous breeding pairs, and their mating season depends on their location. After a gestation period of 53 days, female Gray Foxes will give birth to a litter of one to seven kits, who will start to hunt and forage with their parents when they reach three months of age. Once the kits reach sexual maturity, the family group will disperse to find their own mates, while the parents remain together.