- Corsac Fox
name = Corsac FoxMSW3 Wozencraft | id = 14000869]
image_width = 240px
status = LC
status_system = iucn2.3
status_ref = IUCN2007 | assessors = Poyarkov, A. & Ovsyanikov, N. | year = 2004 | title = Vulpes corsac | id = 23051 | downloaded =
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
genus = "
species = "V. corsac"
binomial = "Vulpes corsac"
binomial_authority = (Linnaeus,
The Corsac Fox ("Vulpes corsac"), also known as the Steppe Fox, is a medium sized asiatic
foxspecies spread throughout the central steppes of Asia. It is very social and lives in "corsac cities" where animals have several dens with connected holes. It prefers some steppe and semi-desert in mountainous areas. It is mainly grey-reddish with silver celadon areas on their coat. The Corsac Fox is threatened by hunting for the fur trade.
Range and habitat
This fox lives in the
steppes and semi-desert of central and northeast Asia. It is found in large areas of central Asia including northern Afghanistan, northeast China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
The fox is gray to gray-red in colour with silver undertones. It has white under the chin. The length of head and body is 50-60 cm, and the tail length 22-35 cm. Their back is intensively hoary-reddish. For a fox, it has small teeth and a wide
skull. The tip of the tail is black. The Corsac Fox has hooked claws and is able climb trees.
omnivores, eating small animals, birds, reptiles, insects& plants. They sometimes feed on carrion and rodents.
Reproduction and life cycle
The mating season is around January with a gestation period of 8 weeks. Litter size is between two and six young. This fox lives three to twelve years. They reach sexual maturity within 9-10 months and reproduce in the second year of life.
The Corsac Fox is more
socialthan other foxes. It will share burrows and form hunting packs. It lives in small groups, and creates families. the Corsac Fox prefers a nomadic lifestyle and spends some seasons walking through the steppes. It can not walk on snow and often larger snow-drifts are the cause of death for many foxes. It drinks little water. It often buries its prey, such as rodents, in caches.
The Corsac Fox is the same size or slightly smaller than the
Red Fox, with larger ears, shorter muzzle, and longer limbs. It is related to the Swift Foxand the Arctic Fox, which are also similar species. However, the closest related species to Corsac Fox is probably the Tibetan Sand Fox, famous for its unusual face and "horned ears".fact|date=April 2008
There are two subspecies of this fox:
*"Vulpes corsac corsac"
*"Vulpes corsac kalmykorum"
Major threats posed to the Corsac Fox are through illegal hunts. The population has been reduced in areas where it has been heavily killed for
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