Living on the ground. Savannas are grasslands with scattered individual trees that do not form a closed canopy. Extensive savannas are found in parts of subtropical and tropical Africa and South America, and in Australia. See also Tropical savanna and grassland biome. Vegetation is made up mostly of grasses, the height and species diversity of which depend largely on the amount of moisture available. Fire and grazing are important in the long-term maintenance of grasslands.
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Unlike many other foxes, it feeds primarily on small invertebrates such as insects. No subspecies are recognized. Description The hoary fox has a short muzzle, small teeth, a short coat, and slender limbs.
The upper part of the body is grey, and the underside of the body is cream or fawn. The tail is black on the tip with a marked dark stripe along the upper surface, which in male animals may extend all the way along the back to the nape of the neck. The ears and outside part of the legs are reddish or tawny, and the lower jaw is black. Together with its slender form, the small size of the hoary fox makes it an agile and fast-running animal, while its relatively weak teeth adapt it to feeding on invertebrates, rather than larger prey.
The female prepares a den in which to give birth, sometimes using the burrows of other animals. Both parent participate in rearing of the pups. Journal Reference: Courtenay, O. Journal of Zoology. The average adult size was 3. The breeding pair occupied overlapping home ranges of — ha, where they reared a single litter of five offspring M:F: in 12 months. Hoary fox diet comprised predominantly of insects, particularly termites and dung beetles, none of which was sufficiently bulky to make carriage to the cubs energetically efficient.
Hoary Fox - Lycalopex vetulus