Crab-eating fox

During the wet season, they search for crabs in muddy floodplains

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The crab-eating fox is also known as the wood fox, forest fox, or maikong. Their scientific name, “Cerdocyon,” comes from the Greek “kerdo,” meaning fox, and “kyon,” meaning dog, referring to the fox and dog-like characteristics of this creature. Their pelage is primarily greyish-brown, with red areas on the face, limbs, tails, and ears. The tail is long, bushy, and black-tipped.

They are mainly nocturnal and are also active during dusk. During the day, they rest in dens dug by other animals, and the dens are often hidden in thick bushes and grasses. Besides eating crabs, they feed on reptiles, rodents, fish, birds, eggs, insects, and fruits.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Argentina
2015
Bolivia
2015
Brazil
2015
Colombia
2015
Ecuador
2015
French Guiana
2015
Guyana
2015
Panama
2015
Paraguay
2015
Suriname
2015
Uruguay
2015
Venezuela
2015

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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