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Pale Fox info and diet

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Pale Fox info and diet

Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:12 pm

Since people are getting Pallid foxes now it's a good subject.

Pale fox skull/teeth
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Note the grinding molars in back.

Pale foxes primarily feed on fruits, berries and vegetable matter, and they possess well-developed molars suited to this largely herbivorous diet. However, they also sometimes catch and eat small animals such as rodents, lizards and invertebrates. According to the below sources:
Kingdon, J. (1997) The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals. Academic Press Ltd, London.
Sillero-Zubiri, C., Hoffmann, M. and Macdonald, D.W. (2004) Canids: Foxes, Wolves, Jackals and Dogs. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

This however varies by availability and the below study found they ate mostly scorpions(grinding teeth might be good for their shells too) and insects.
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs ... /aje.12404

Fennec molars: http://skullbase.info/skulls/mammals/fe ... c_fox3.jpg
So it could be the molars are mostly for grinding scorpions and insects, like with fennec diet though the fennec moalrs are less rounded than pale fox.

Dorst and Dandelot, 1970; Grzimeck, 1990; Walker, 1990, said they eat a lot of melons along with mammals, reptiles, eggs/birds, and insects. Mellon would not leave much trace in scat and could be a reason why the above study found little to no vegetation in scat.

Interestingly Swift Fox have similar grinding molars due to eating a lot of seeds and berries, photo of swift fox skull compared to raccoon, similar molars: http://www.wtamu.edu/~rmatlack/Mammalog ... lvent1.jpg

And that's about all I can find

So the grinding teeth of Pale fox is not as pronounced as swift/raccoon due to not eating many if any seeds/grain but they still have the teeth of an omnivore but would eat more protein and less if any grains than swift.

So developing a diet based on that little info would feed veggies, some lower sugar fruits and plenty of protein as well mostly insects and some lean meat like rabbit.

I guess we'll know more for sure in 10-ish years based on how they do on the varied diets that will likely be used.
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Re: Pale Fox info and diet

Postby Ash » Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:27 pm

This is great. As I've learned more about pale foxes, I think they're the type of little fox I would like. Fennecs are cute, but awfully high-strung. Whereas the pales just seem... chill with life and sweet.

It's important to get dietary info out there, so thank you for providing this.
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Re: Pale Fox info and diet

Postby TamanduaGirl » Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:42 pm

Yes, they seem to have great personalities.That more chill willing to hang out with you and not jump at every little thing type of fox is what most people actually want from a fox, even if they aren't the most foxy looking foxes.

It would be nice if there were more studies on their wild diet to find a pattern for what they eat. Best for now seems to be leaning more to the omnivore and insects side based on the teeth and the little info there is.

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