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Bengal Fox

Introduction
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Bengal Fox or Indian Fox with the scientific name Vulpes bengalensis is the species native to the Indian Subcontinent.

They are mainly found at the Terai region and at the foothills of the Himalayas. They belong to the family called Canidae and the genus Vulpes. The quick classification of Bengal Fox is as below,

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Canidae
Genus Vulpes
Species  Vulpes  Bengalensis 
Sub species  Vulpes bengalensis  

Physical Structure

Bengal Fox is a medium sized fox. It has an elongated muzzle with long pointed ears. Bengal fox have a body length of approximately 50 cms (20 inches), a tail length between 25 and 30 cms (9.8 - 12 inches) and they weigh between 3 and 4 kgs (6.6 - 8.8 lbs). Tails are long and bushy and its length is 25-30 cm. Tails have a distinctive black tip and they have a long, pointed muzzle. They have long sharp pointed canines and well developed molar teeth. Bengal Fox has relatively long ears. It has brown legs and black lips.
Their ears are large for their size and are possible an adaptation for thermoregulation in their hot, arid habitats. The colour of their coat is buff orange with paler underparts and black tip on its tail. The fur is reddish brown in color. Bengal fox lives for about 10-12 years.


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