- Cape Fox
name = Cape FoxMSW3 Wozencraft | id = 14000868]
status = LC
trend = stable
status_system = iucn2.3
status_ref = IUCN2006|assessors=Stuart & Stuart|year=2004|id=23060|title=Vulpes chama|downloaded=09 May 2006 Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern]
Cape Fox kits
image_width = 200px
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
genus = "
species = "V. chama"
binomial = "Vulpes chama"
binomial_authority = (A Smith, 1833)
*"caama" (C. E. H. Smith, 1839)
*"hodsoni" (Noack, 1910)
*"variegatoides" (Layard, 1861)
The Cape Fox ("Vulpes chama"), also called the Cama Fox or the Silver-backed Fox, is a small
It has black or silver gray fur with flanks and underside in light yellow. The tip of its tail is always black.
The Cape Fox tend to be 45 to 61 cm long, not including a 30 to 40 cm tail. It is 28 to 33 cm tall at the shoulder, and usually weighs from 3.6 to 5 kg.
The Cape Fox is found in
Southern Africafrom Zimbabweto Angola. It prefers the open savannaand semi-arid regions in southwestern Africa, from southern Zimbabwe to the Cape province.
nocturnal, found alone or in pairs, in savannas and steppes.
Like most foxes it is an
omnivore, preferring small mammals, reptiles, and carrion, but will also eat insects and fruit.
The Cape Fox, unlike the
Red Fox, mates the whole year. It gives birth after 51–53 days, in a usual litter-size of 3 to 6. They are weaned after 6–8 weeks and grown up in about one year. They have an average weight at birth of 50 to 100 grams (1.7 to 3.5 oz).
It reaches sexual maturity in nine months with an expected life span of 10 years.
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