Corsac Fox

Corsac Fox…

Corsac Fox (Vulpes corsac), also known as Steppe Fox. Image by Alfred Hutter

Corsac foxes are about as tall as an average-sized dog, and live on the arid (dry) steppeland of central Asia. They are rather slow runners, but they make up for this with their excellent climbing ability, aided by their hooked claws. Their fur is grey or yellowish, and in the winter becomes much thicker and silkier, with a dark stripe down the back. Though they have the ability to dig their own dens, they would rather inhabit an abandoned borrow dug by some other animal.

Corsac fox
Corsac fox – taken at Wickid Pets, Wolverhampton, West Midlands on 29th April 2011. Image credit: Marie Hale cc2.0

Their diet consists of insects, hamsters, ground squirrels and sometimes larger animals like hares or pikas. They may also scavenge for carrion (dead, decaying bodies of animals) and even human refuse. They’ll also eat various vegetation, mostly when animal prey is limited. Corsac foxes can go without food and water for several days, an adaptation to the parched conditions they live in. They get most of the water they need from the food they eat.

Corsac 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.

The Playlist:

  1. Corsac Fox by BorisjeNL
  2. Corsac vosjes in Kaunas Zoo by LadyDiamond123


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