FoxScientific name: Vulpes vulpes

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: Widespread across Australia.

Description: The body is up to 74 centimetres long with a 45 centimetre long tail. The coat is a reddish-brown colour above and white below.

Notes: The fox was deliberately introduced into Australia near Melbourne in the 1860s for sporting purposes. By 1917 it had reached Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. It is now found almost everywhere in Australia.

Foxes are a major threat to our native animals. The shells of oblong turtles are regularly found having been eaten by foxes. Where a fox is found in the bushland it is trapped and removed.

References: The Australian Museum Complete Book of Australian Mammals. Edited by Ronald Strahan.1983

Guide to the Wildlife of the Perth Region. Simon Neville Publications. 2005