Swift Fox

Swift by name, swift by nature – this little fox is a real speedster!


Swift Fox


Swift by name, swift by nature – this little fox is a real speedster!

Population <900

This small fox species, characterized by its quick movements and agile demeanor, navigates the grasslands and deserts of North America with finesse and grace.

One of the most distinctive features of the Swift fox is its unique appearance, distinguished by a reddish-brown coat contrasted by a white underbelly. This coloration provides effective camouflage against the backdrop of grasslands and desert sands, enabling the fox to blend seamlessly into its surroundings and evade potential predators and prey alike.

Enhancing its ability to navigate its environment with precision, the Swift fox possesses large and pointed ears that serve as powerful sensory organs. These keen auditory appendages allow the fox to detect the faintest sounds of prey and predators, providing valuable cues for hunting and avoiding danger in the open landscape.

Complementing its remarkable agility and sensory acuity, the Swift fox boasts a bushy tail that aids in balance and maneuverability while running. This distinctive appendage serves as a counterbalance, allowing the fox to make rapid turns and changes in direction as it darts across the grasslands and deserts at impressive speeds.

Indeed, the Swift fox is renowned for its incredible speed, capable of reaching velocities of up to 64 km/h (40 mph) when in full stride. This remarkable agility and swiftness enable the fox to outpace potential predators and pursue elusive prey, contributing to its success as a hunter and survivor in its challenging habitat.

In addition to its physical prowess, the Swift fox exhibits playful and social behaviors, often engaging in running and jumping activities with fellow members of its species. These playful interactions serve important social functions, strengthening bonds within Swift fox communities and providing opportunities for exercise and enrichment.


Population est.
Official estimate
Reintroduction, Canada-Montana population
United States

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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