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The common name of the Vulpes vulpes is the red fox. The red fox has a relatively long body with dense fur. The fur is typically a rusty red color and the legs are darker in color, sometimes even black. Foxes have black pointed ears and long canine teeth. On their underside, the fur is white from their nose down to their belly, orangish-red fur on its back, sides, and head. Red foxes have white fur under their neck and on their chest. A male fox, also called a “dog” weighs 10-12 pounds on average, while the female fox, also known as a “vixen”, weighs 9-10 pounds. A male measures 54”-78” long and a female measures 56”-74” long. Male foxes tend to have a longer snout as well. A red fox can swim, crawl, jump, and pounce.
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The red fox has a parasitism relationship with a wide range of parasites including at least 58 species of helminths in Europe alone. One of the most serious and devastating parasites infecting foxes is the skin-dwelling mite (Sarcoptes scabei var vulpes) which causes a condition known as sarcoptic mange. Some of the organisms which have been known to kill the red fox include golden eagles, badgers, domestic dogs, Eurasian lynx, coyotes and wolves. Researchers have found that warming temperatures are allowing the red foxes to migrate and stay further north, where they invade the breeding grounds of the Arctic fox. The red fox is bigger and more aggressive. Scientists are now becoming increasingly concerned that with a more comfortable climate, the emboldened red foxes will set about ousting the Arctic ones. This increases the survival of the red fox and will cause the population to …show more content…
During respiration, gas exchanges take place as part of the reaction; in the case of animals, gas exchange takes place in the lungs, where CO2 and water vapors are exhaled and oxygen is taken into the bloodstream. Foxes contribute to the water cycle as they respire, breathing out water vapors that rise to the atmosphere. Foxes also contribute to the water cycle through perspiration. They perspire to prevent overheating; during this process, water is excreted through the pores and evaporates off the skin, cooling the animal by absorbing the external heat. Other forms of excretion, namely urination and defecation, carry high concentrations of water, which are absorbed into the ground and eventually merged into groundwater systems or other bodies of

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