Foxes. One of the most fascinating animals in the world. There is conflicting information as to how many species of fox there actually are. The number seems to range from 25-37 different species, not counting subspecies. One thing that is relatively consistent is that there are 12 species of "true" foxes. These true foxes belong to the genus Vulpes and include red foxes, fennecs, arctics, swifts, and kits, among others. A true fox has a violet gland which produces a fowl odor used to mark its territory and also released when threatened. Many other species are considered foxes by name only such as the gray fox, bat-eared, and crab-eating fox. Other species such as the small-eared dog and raccoon dog are considered foxes by some experts but not others, leading to the discrepancy in the number of animal species considered to be foxes. ...Under Construction...
Fox Species in the Wild