Uploaded on Apr 4, 2010
Hokkaido Fox presented by Jack the Lizard
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In Japan there are two kinds of fox, The Hondo fox (Vulpes vulpes japonica) and The Hokkaido fox (Vulpes vulpes schrencki). Later is slightly larger and has black spot on the feet and back of the ears. Hokkaido is the second largest island in Japan. The Hokkaido fox inhabits Hokkaido and islands nearby.
The Hokkaido fox is about 60~80 cm (23~31 in) in length and weighs about 4~10 kg (9~22 lb). The habitats widely range from coast to subalpine. They hunt rabbits, rodents, small birds and insects. In autumn they also eat some fruits and seeds.
In early spring pups are born in the den. Basically only the mother takes care of them, but pups' older brothers or sisters help mother sometimes. The father lives alone and does not participate in parenting.
In Hokkaido they are one of the most popular animals, but you must not give them food because of the parasite in their body. If other animals including humans were infected, they would die.
Surely they are cute, especially in fluffy winter coat though.
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