The bat-eared fox can be easily recognized by its large ears, which are about 5 inches (13 centimeters) long. These not only provide an excellent sense of hearing but also help the fox to stay cool, because they are full of blood vessels. Its ears, legs and some parts of the face are black, while the rest of its body is a tawny color.
They are mostly found in the arid grasslands of the African savanna, where they live in burrows. With claws that are made for digging, this fox can easily dig its own home, but sometimes it takes over and enlarges abandoned burrows dug by other animals.
The majority of their diet consists of termites. They can eat millions of these a year, simply licking them off the ground. In addition to termites, bat-eared foxes feed on dung beetles, scorpions, millipedes, rodents and lizards. Since their habitat is usually so dry, it is helpful that much of the moisture they need is obtained from the body fluids of their prey.
Bat-eared foxes are featured in the following book:
101 Facts… Wild Dogs, Wolves and Foxes!
The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about these awesome animals. Details of the videos featured are underneath.
- Bat-Eared Foxes by National Geographic
- Namibia’s Wild Wonders – Diet Secrets of the Bat-Eared Fox by Smithsonian Channel
- Fooled by Nature – Bat-eared Fox by Animal Planet
- Bat-eared foxes eat beetle juice – BBC Earth by BBC Earth
- bat eared fox (HD version) by africanvideo07