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Culpeo Fox

Culpeo Fox
Photographer: Whaldener Endo

Culpeo Fox Range Map (South America)
Culpeo Fox Range Map (South America)

Latin Name Lycalopex culpaeus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location South America
Colour Reddish Brown & Grey
Length 60 - 120 cms (23.5 - 47 inches)
Tail 30 - 45 cms (12 - 18 inches)
Weight 5 - 13.5 Kgs (11 - 30 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Culpeo Foxes are the largest species of fox in South America. They have a body length between 60 and 120 cms (23.5 - 47 inches), a tail length between 30 and 45 cms (12 - 18 inches), and they weigh between 5 and 13.5 kgs (11 - 30 lbs).

They are grizzled grey in colour on their back and they are reddish/brown on their head, neck, ears and legs. Their long, bushy tail has a black tip.


Culpeo Foxes can be found in the deciduous forests and grasslands on the western side of the Andes mountain range in South America.


Culpeo Foxes mainly feed on rabbits, hares, lizards, birds, insects, eggs, fruit and carrion.


After a gestation period of 55 - 60 days, Culpeo Foxes give birth to 2 - 5 cubs in a den.


Humans are predators of Culpeo Foxes


Subspecies of the Culpeo Fox include:

Lycalopex culpaeus andinus
Lycalopex culpaeus culpaeus
Lycalopex culpaeus lycoides
Lycalopex culpaeus magellanicus
Lycalopex culpaeus reissii
Lycalopex culpaeus smithersi

Interesting Facts

Culpeo Foxes are also known as:
Patagonian Fox
Patagonian Red Fox
Common Andean Fox
Andean Wolf
Fuegian Fox

Similar Animals

South American Grey Fox
Darwin's Fox
Pampas Fox
Sechuran Fox
Hoary Fox
Grey Fox
Island Fox
Crab-Eating Fox


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