Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Living In Extreme Weather

Desert foxes have long ears to lose heat easily.

The desert fox is a beautiful species, slender in form, and extraordinarily quick and graceful in its movements, but so generally nocturnal in habits as to be rarely seen by the desert traveler.  The desert fox digs  burrow, with several entrances, in a small mound. or at times on an open flat, and there rears four or five young each year.  It main food consists of kangaroo rats, pocket mice, small ground-squirrels, and a variety of other small desert mammals.  

In early morning fox tracks, about the size of those of a house-cat, may be seen along sandy arroyos and similar places where these small carnivores have wandered in search of prey.  Like the kit, the desert ox has little of the sophisticated mental ability of the red fox and falls an easy prey to the trapper.  It is no where numerous and occupies such a thinly inhabited region that there is little danger of it numbers greatly decreasing in the near future.


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