Blogging Through the Alphabet ~ “F” for Fennec Fox #abcblogging

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Joining up with Marcy over at Ben & Me for “Blogging through the Alphabet” and super excited to do so!

Since our family has a general love and appreciation for all the animals the Lord has created…I am going to attempt to “Blog through the Alphabet” using animals. We started with “A for Alpaca” then we had “B for Bearded Dragon” and “C for Crocodile“, “D for Donkey“, “E for Elephant Shrew” and now “F for Fennec Fox”.

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What an interesting little creature the Lord has made! The Fennec Fox is a small nocturnal mammal that is found in the Sahara of North Africa.

Class: Mammalia.
Order: Cadnivora.
Family: Canidae.
Genus and Species: Vulpes (fennecus) zedra.
Classification: These furry animals are the smallest of all canines.

They are creme colored with black tipped tails. Their tails are very long…being about 3/4 the length of their body.

It has really big ears (measuring SIX INCHES!) which actually help it to deal with heat by radiating it out and they have long hair which helps keep them warm in the cool desert nights and protects them from the sun during the day.

Even their feet have fur which serves several purposes: protects from hot sand, helps as a shovel for digging and they perform like “snowshoes” in the sand.

They can dig up to 20 feet down in one night.

The fennec fox weighs about 1.5–3.5 lbs, with a body length of between 9–16 inches and is around 8 inches tall. It is the smallest species of canid in the world. The tail is 7–12 inches long, while the ears can be between 4-6 inches long.

They live in underground dens and sleep during the day.

They are opportunistic eaters. They forage for plants but also eat rodents, eggs, reptiles, and insects. Fennecs have very acute hearing and can pick up the movements of their prey or enemies at a considerable distance–even underground. 

They are able to jump two feet high and four feet forward which helps them to find prey and to avoid predators.

Like most desert dwellers, the fennec fox has developed the ability to go for long periods without water.

Unlike most foxes Fennec Foxes are social; they live in small communities but do not hunt in groups, but individually.

Life span is 10 – 12 years.

They have litters once a year consisting of 2 – 5 young.

Their adorable appearance makes them favorites of the captive pet trade, and local peoples also hunt it for its fur.

I hope you have learned some fun things about the Fennec Fox! Come back next week to see what interesting animal we discuss for the letter G!

Here’s praying we all have fun learning!

 

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8 thoughts on “Blogging Through the Alphabet ~ “F” for Fennec Fox #abcblogging

  1. LV June 3, 2014 at 12:58 pm Reply

    My daughter loves wild animals too. We will enjoy reading your blog.

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  2. Stacie June 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm Reply

    I have never seen a Fennec Fox before. Looking forward to next week. Oh where are these little things live?

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  3. Karen W June 3, 2014 at 7:36 pm Reply

    What a neat idea for Blogging through the Alphabet. I didn’t participate again this time because I just couldn’t think of anything to do. I love all the neat details. What cute creatures fennec foxes are. I think I will have to pin your posts to either go along with our letter of the week units I am going to be doing with Hannah and Harold starting this fall, or in my MFW K boards to go with those letters. Not sure which yet, maybe both. Can’t wait for next week’s

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  4. Mary Lou Hom June 3, 2014 at 8:57 pm Reply

    This is a great series! Good job! I will be sharing this series with some friends that will be studying animals this next year! Love, love, love the post!

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  5. Lisa Marie June 4, 2014 at 12:36 pm Reply

    oh he’s so cute! ❤ I want one!

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  6. Rebecca C June 7, 2014 at 10:02 am Reply

    We love to visit the fennec fox at our local nature center.

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  8. Marcy (@BenAndMeBlog) June 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm Reply

    We did an animals around the world study a few years back and learning about the fennec fox when we were looking at desert animals. We thought he was an adorable creature then, and still do. Thanks for the little trip along homeschooling memory lane!

    And thanks for linking up with #abcblogging. I’ve featured your series on this week’s favorites:

    http://benandme.com/2014/06/abc-blogging-favorites-letters-e-f.html

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