Bengal fox

A desert dweller with a striking appearance, known for its small size, bushy tail, and distinctive black and white facial markings

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Renowned for its charming yet elusive nature, this fox species exhibits a preference for maintaining a low profile, often avoiding direct human contact whenever possible.

Measuring up to 60 cm (24 inches) in length and weighing between 2-4 kg (4-9 pounds), the Bengal fox boasts a slender build and a bushy tail, contributing to its agile and nimble movements. This physical agility is further highlighted by its impressive running speed, which can reach up to 42 km/h (26 mph).

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Bengal fox is its adaptability to various habitats. Unlike its more specialized counterparts, this fox species demonstrates a remarkable ability to thrive in a wide range of environments, from open grasslands to dense forests. This adaptability speaks to the Bengal fox’s resilience and resourcefulness in the face of changing environmental conditions, allowing it to carve out a niche for itself across diverse landscapes.

In addition to its adaptability, the Bengal fox exhibits intriguing social behaviors that add depth to its character. Unlike some solitary canid species, Bengal foxes are known to form monogamous pairs, with both parents actively participating in the upbringing of their offspring. This cooperative parental care reflects the strong familial bonds that exist within Bengal fox communities, contributing to the species’ social cohesion and reproductive success.

Despite its elusive nature, the Bengal fox plays a vital ecological role within its native habitat. As opportunistic omnivores, these foxes have a varied diet that includes small mammals, birds, insects, fruits, and vegetation. By consuming a diverse array of prey and plant matter, Bengal foxes help regulate local ecosystems and contribute to the balance of predator-prey relationships.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Bangladesh
2016
India
2016
Nepal
2016
Pakistan
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No