Behaviour & Communication

Behaviour and Communication

  • Foxes tend to forage on their own as opposed to hunting in packs, but do come into contact with each other to play and groom
  • Foxes are mainly active at night when it’s safer to forage/hunt for food and smaller animals are out. However, they do come out in the daytime as well and can be spotted sunbathing on top of sheds in hot weather or on lawns. They prefer to live in messy and overgrown gardens.
  • Foxes communicate vocally to keep in touch with other family members, as well as to ward off foxes from other territories. The most familiar sounds are the barks, yelps and ‘clicks’. Scent marks are deposited by dog foxes at every opportunity to let others know the territory is taken and defended. A large amount of information is left in a scent mark for others to pick up – it’s the fox equivalent of a post on social media!
  • Foxes are able to mate at 10 months old and most do. They generally do not survive to breed more than once
  • Males can only mate from November-February and the vixen is only on heat for 3 days

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