Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Measured Size of Red Fox

The Eastern red fox is an immigrant to the U.S. imported from the U.K. Not surprisingly, our animal is exactly the same size as its European cousin.

Dr. Paolo Cavallini goes through the data on red fox size all over the world and finds chest measurements are surprisingly consistent -- and surprisingly small. >> To read more

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4 comments:

retrieverman said...

The only places in Eastern North America that have native red fox are the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario (probably not southern Ontario), and far northern parts of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.

They very rarely were seen south of the 40th parallel in the East.

I thought that the silver variety was a mutation seen in some Eastern Canadian foxes. In fact, there is some evidence to suggest that most red foxes in Eastern Canada were silvers, judging from early colonial records.

retrieverman said...

Evidence of the Silver fox's Canadian origin: http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/PrinceEdwardIslandHarvest/fox_e/slidepdf/foxhistoryforpdf_E.pdf

Because of Bergmann's rule, these foxes are a bit bigger than the English/US foxes.

Amanda S said...

This is rather a detour from your post but I wonder if you saw this story about a fox that's a pet.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1147804/Pictured-Miss-Snooks-friendly-fox-bedroom-flat-complete-TV-piece-suite.html

PBurns said...

I suspect when that fox gets a bit older and comes into heat, it will all end. The humans will not stand for an animal that smells like skunk, and she will suddenly prefer adult males in the wild. Taming wild animals can work in rare situations, but more often it ends in tragedy for the animal.

P