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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-26-2001, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Fennec Fox

A full grown fennec fox only weighs approx. 2-3 pounds. From head to tail he's about 13" long and then add another 8" for his tail. When standing next to me, he barely comes to the middle of my calves, and I'm only 5' 1" - VERY SMALL. The fennec is the smallest of all fox. His big ears are to let heat escape, since he comes from desert climate. He's native to North Africa, the Sahara, etc.

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Fennec Fox

CLASS: Mammalia

ORDER: Carnivora

FAMILY: Canidae

GENUS & SPECIES: Vulpes (Fennecus) zerda

CLASSIFICATION:

These furry little mammals are the smallest of all canines (canis is Latin for "dog"). Fanak is the Arabic word for "fox." No positive etiology could be found for zerda but it would seem to extend from the Greek xeros, which means "dry." The 'x' is often transliterated to a 'z' when the zzzzz sound is preferred.

The "desert fox" is an appropriate name for this little fellow. Vulpes is Latin for "fox" and is the genus name for the "true foxes." There are some that would call the fennec related to bat-eared foxes, because of its large ears, weak dentition and round pupils, and would keep it in its own genus. Others consider the fennec convergent with the American kit fox and would put it with the swift fox group in the genus Vulpes.

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