The Ultimate Fox Quiz

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The Ultimate Fox Quiz
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Cunning as a fox, swift as a fox -- who hasn't heard these similes? Foxes are true to their reputations is acting both cunningly and swiftly when needed. They are found in many regions worldwide and are seen as both friend and foe. Take this quiz to learn more about the elusive fox.
Which of these are names for baby foxes?
cubs and kits
kits and pups
both of the above
Baby foxes are known by three different terms: cubs, kits and pups.

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In what way is the fox sometimes a pest?
It hunts rodents.
It destroys poultry.
The fox, while it indeed hunts rodents and preys on lizards, is only considered a pest for its harm to poultry.
It preys on lizards.

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What is the maximum length of an adult fox?
over three feet (90 cms), tail included
Including the long, bushy tail, an adult fox can reach three feet (90 cms) in length.
over three feet (90 cms), not including tail
over four feet (122 cms), tail included

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How would you describe a fox's ears?
erect, almond-shaped ears
droopy, triangular ears
erect, triangular ears
A fox's ears are usually erect and triangular-shaped.

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Why are foxes' eyes more like cats' eyes than dogs' eyes?
because they are green, not brown
because they are elliptical in strong light, not round
Foxes' eyes are elliptically-shaped in strong light, like a cat's, as opposed to other members of the extended dog family, whose eyes are round.
because they dilate at night, not constrict

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Why were foxes introduced to Australian soil?
in order to keep the rabbit population in check
Foxes were introduced to Australia to regulate the growing overpopulation of rabbits.
in order to regulate the growing koala population
in order to fend off dingo attacks

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What is the average lifespan of a fox?
14 years
Most foxes live up to 14 years.
18 years
20 years

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When do foxes hunt for food?
during both day and night
at night
Foxes usually hunt for food during the night and then sleep during the day.
during the day

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Do only vixen (female foxes) take care of the young?
No, this is a myth. Surprisingly, only the male fox takes care of the young.
No, both parents take care of their young.
Both parents have the role of taking care of their offspring, not just the vixen.
Yes, only the vixen have this role.

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What habitats are suited to the fox?
Arctic and mountain regions
coastal and desert regions
many habitats, including those mentioned above
The fox is suited to a variety of climates and habitats, including Arctic, mountain, coastal and desert regions.

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Do foxes hunt in a team?
No, they hunt in pairs.
No, they hunt alone.
Foxes hunt alone, unlike other wild predators that use team force to round up and encircle their prey.
Yes, they hunt in small packs.

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What non-meat foods do foxes sometimes eat?
fish
nuts
fruit
They sometimes eat fruit, in addition to meat (lizards, mice and the like).

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How fast can foxes run?
about 20 miles (32 kms) per hour
over 25 miles (40 kms) per hour
They are quite swift and can run over 25 miles (40 kms) per hour. They do this over short distances, though, but can't maintain that pace for long.
more than 30 miles (48 kms) per hour

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What technique do foxes use to outwit their predators?
They zigzag quickly to safety.
They swiftly outrun their predators, zigzag-style.
They use cunning to throw the predators off their scent.
They hide in bulrushes and weedy areas until the predators have lost sight of them.

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What color is the tip of the red fox's tail?
white
It is always white at the tip.
red
gray

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Which fox is usually hunted in North America and Europe?
the gray fox
the red fox
The red or common fox is the one that is hunted mostly in North America and Europe.
the kit fox

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Why do foxes have whiskers?
they don't -- except in fairy tales
to intimidate their prey
to help them feel their way in the dark
Foxes do have whiskers (both the fairy-tale variety and the real stuff) and they're for feeling their way in the dark.

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Which fox has the largest litter size?
the Arctic fox
The Arctic fox wins paws-down on this one with sometimes up to 20 cubs in one litter.
the fennec fox
the bat-eared Fox

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Where do fennec foxes live?
in the tropical rainforests of Venezuela and Peru
in the woodlands of the U.S. and Canada
in the deserts of northern Africa and Saudi Arabia
Fennec foxes live in the desert regions of North Africa and Saudi Arabia.

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What do bat-eared foxes use their ears for?
to pick up long-distance sounds
to keep cool
They use their bat-like ears to keep cool, allowing the heat from their bodies to pass through into the air.
to fly silently like a bat

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