The Tibetan sand fox is an unusual looking species of fox, native to Ladakh plateau, Tibetan plateau, Sikkim, and Bhutan. IUCN declared this species as the “least concern” on account of its extensive range in the Tibetan plateau’s steppes and semi-desert.
They are often identified by their squarish face, which makes them look like some sort of cartoon fox. Keep on reading to know more about this Tibetan mammal.
Species: V. ferrilata
Tibetan foxes are small with the soft and dense coat covering their body. Their muzzles, back, neck, crown, and lower legs are tan to rufous colored. On the other hand, their cheeks, upper legs, rumps, and flanks are grey. Their tails have white tips. Tibetan foxes feature small eyes and ears.
Their ears are greyish tan on the back and white insides and undersides. Having a length of 60-70centimetres, adult foxes weigh 4-5 kg. The cranial region of Tibetan foxes is shorter than that of hill foxes.
Tibetan foxes are primarily found in semi-arid to arid grasslands. They prefer staying away from humans and high vegetation cover. These foxes inhabit upland plains and hills from 3,500 to 5,200 meters elevation. But they are also seen in the lower ground as well.
The Tibetan sand foxes are widely distributed throughout Tibetan plateau and the Ladakh plateau in Northern India.
They are also found in parts of Chinese provinces of Yunnan, Sichuan, Gansu, and Qinghai. You can also spot them in northern Bhutan, border regions of India and Nepal, and north of Himalayas. Their distribution range is quite wide.
Their primary prey is the plateau pika. They also feed on rodents, marmots, hares, lizards, and small ground birds. Tibetan foxes are daytime hunters as their main prey, pikas are diurnal. They use brown bears as minions and let them dig a pika out from small animal’s hole.
Here we have summed up some amazing behavioural traits of Tibetan sand fox. Take a look;
Their breeding season starts in late February or early March. After having a gestation period of 50 to 60 days, they give birth to two to four pups in a den.
These pups stay with their parents until they are eight to ten months old. Their burrows are made at old beach lines, and low slopes. The dens have four entrances and each entrance is 25-35 cm in diameter.
The lifespan of these foxes has not been confirmed. As per the researchers, they can live for about 8 to 10 year in wild.
Their main predators are humans. They usually kill them for their fur.
Tibetan foxes are highly infected with Echinococcus. Foxes in western Sichuan are hosts of alveolar hydatid disease.
As per research, there are no major threats to Tibetan fox at present. IUCN declared this species as least concern.
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