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WILD Facts: Gray foxes at a glance

POSTED: April 29, 2008 5:00 a.m.
The gray fox is a common mammal found throughout Georgia as well as most of the United States. Typical size is 8-12 pounds and about 3 feet long. Although mostly gray, this canid has orange fur on its neck, sides and legs. That’s why, at a quick glance, some people mistake the gray fox for the slightly larger red fox.
The pups of both fox species are dark grayish-brown, but the young take on adult colors and patterns at about a month-and-a-half old. Foxes in the wild survive about eight to 10 years, but those in captivity may live up to 15 years.
WILD Facts is a regular feature written by Linda May, a wildlife interpretive specialist with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division.
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