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Crab-Eating Fox

Crab-Eating Fox Range Map (South America)
Crab-Eating Fox Range Map (South America)

Latin Name Cerdocyon thous
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location South America
Colour Grey/Brown
Length 60 - 70 cms (24 - 28 inches)
Tail Approx. 30 cms (12 inches)
Weight 5 - 8 Kgs (11 - 18 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 11 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

Crab-Eating Foxes have a body length between 60 and 70 cms (24 - 28 inches), a tail length of approximately 30 cms (12 inches) and they weigh 5 - 8 kgs (11 - 18 lbs).


Crab-Eating Foxes can be found in the open woodlands and grasslands of South America.


Crab-Eating Foxes are omnivores and they mainly feed on crabs, fish, reptiles, birds, rodents, insects, eggs and fruit.


After a gestation period of 52 - 59 days, Crab-Eating Foxes give birth to 2 - 6 cubs. They are weaned at 3 months old and reach sexual maturity at 9 months old.


Humans are predators of Crab-Eating Foxes.


Subspecies of the Crab-Eating Fox include:

Cerdocyon thous thous - Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana & North Brazil.

Cerdocyon thous azarae - North Brazil.

Cerdocyon thous entrerianus - Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay & Argentina.

Cerdocyon thous aquilus - North Venezuela & Colombia.

Cerdocyon thous germanus - Colombia.

Interesting Facts

Crab-Eating Foxes are also known as:
Forest Fox
Wood Fox
Common Fox
Common Zorro

Similar Animals

Culpeo Fox
Pampas Fox
Sechuran Fox
Bat-Eared Fox
Darwin's Fox
Grey Fox
Island Fox
Hoary Fox


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