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Hoary Fox

Hoary Fox Range Map (South America)
Hoary Fox Range Map (South America)

Latin Name Lycalopex vetulus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location South America
Colour Grey
Length 60 cms (23.6 inches)
Tail 30 cms (11.8 inches)
Weight 2.7 - 4 Kgs (6 - 8.8 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Hoary Foxes have a body length of approximately 60 cms (23.6 inches), a tail length of approximately 30 cms (11.8 inches), and they weigh between 2.7 and 4 kgs (6 - 8.8 lbs).

They are grey in colour with a pale underside and reddish/brown markings on their ears and legs. Their tail has a dark stripe along the dorsal line and a black tip. They are active during the day.


Hoary Foxes can be found in the wooded, mountainous and savanna areas of central South America.


Hoary Foxes mainly feed on insects, but they will also eat rodents.


After a gestation period of 55 - 60 days, Hoary Foxes give birth to 2 - 4 cubs in a den.


Humans are predators of Hoary Foxes.


There are no subspecies of the Hoary Fox.

Interesting Facts

Hoary Foxes are also known as:
Hoary Zorro
Small-Toothed Dog

Blanford's Fox (Vulpes cana) are also known as Hoary Fox, but please note these are different species.

Similar Animals

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


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