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Differentiating between Swift and Gray Foxes

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Differentiating between Swift and Gray Foxes

Postby ME16510 » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:02 am

Although this is technically not a question on having a pet fox I've seen pictures of both swift and gray foxes and have had a pretty tough time differentiating between the two. I guess grays typically have darker fur on their back as opposed to swifts, but I was wondering if there were any tell-tale differences between them that I would be able to use to differentiate between the two.
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Re: Differentiating between Swift and Gray Foxes

Postby Lupercus » Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:45 am

Size. Greys are much larger.
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Re: Differentiating between Swift and Gray Foxes

Postby Ash » Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:33 pm

Grays are either a gray or tan-gray color but with tufts of red. The swifts are a tan color. Grays are pretty distinct, I think, since they have the red on their bodies and swifts do not. If you look at enough pictures, it becomes much easier to tell them apart. Looking for the red on the gray fox helps most when differentiating.
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