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Gray Fox

Gray Fox
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Copyright: Michael Porterfield (mporterf) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 74 N: 84] (673)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/18 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-14 6:10
Viewed: 10389
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to TUSLAW for helping me correctly ID this as a Gray Fox, not a red fox.


The Gray Fox's ability to climb trees is shared only with the Asian Raccoon Dog among canids. Its strong, hooked claws allow it to scramble up trees to escape predators such as the Domestic Dog or the Coyote, or to reach tree-bound or arboreal food sources. It descends primarily by jumping from branch to branch, or by descending slowly backwards as a House Cat. The Gray Fox is nocturnal or crepuscular and dens in hollow trees, stumps or appropriated burrows during the day. [wikipedia]


This photo was used by the Piedmont Environmental Council in one of their newsletters.

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To tuslaw: My ID personal helper!mporterf 1 07-14 19:47
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Hi Michael,

Very nice closeup of this red fox. Very well done with nice focus.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello Michael,
Beautiful image, but this isn't a red fox, it's a Grey Fox. Many people get them mixed up because of the amount of red fur that the grey has, especially in the head and face area. Get on the web and type in Red Fox images and you will see the difference. In spite of that, this is a great photo!! TFS.

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