Adorable pup Kit Fox in the desert.
What is a Kit Fox
Below is a transcription of the above sign found at the Valley of Fire Visitor Center.
Kit Fox – Vulpes macrotis
Mesas and valleys in brushy or rocky low desert.
About the size of a house cat, 15 to 20 inches (38 to 50 cm) long, plus tail 8 to 12 inches (23 to 30 cm) long.
Weight 3 to 6 pounds (1.5 to 3 kg).
Color gray with buff sides and underside of tail.
Very large ears.
Rodents, birds, insects, lizards, some plants.
Throughout Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and southern California deserts.
ADAPTATION FOR SURVIVAL
Takes most of the water it needs from food it eats.
Small physical size, can rid itself of body heat in summer.
Large ears radiate heat from body and detected sounds of small prey.
Very dense hair on feet increases traction and ability to dig in sand.
Most abundant carnivore in sandy desert areas, associated with the many species of kangaroo rat, a major source of food.
Male assists in raising young, and if female is killed, he is capable of finishing the task alone.