Question: Can Fennec Foxes Be Pets?

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Do Fennec foxes make good pets?

Crate train them as foxes are nocturnal animals! They may be unpredictable if they’re allowed to roam freely while you sleep! The fennec fox or fennec (Vulpes zerda) is a wild animal but also considered a good pet. Experts say they are social animals and with the proper environment can be a good house pet.

How much is a Fennec fox?

Fennec foxes cost approximately $1500-2000, and generally people will be placed on a waiting list for a year or more to obtain a kit from a breeder. Fennec foxes do not rehome well as they tend to bond with their first owner. Fennecs are adorable, enchanting creatures that many people think they can own.

It is legal to own a fennec fox everywhere in the United States except Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, and Washington.

Are Fennec foxes aggressive?

Fennec foxes can be aggressive when necessary: Males get aggressive with territory and will mark with urine. They also become aggressive during mating season. Females will be aggressive when it comes to defending their young.

Should I feed a fox?

If you want to, yes; lots of people feed foxes, either regularly or occasionally, and get a great deal of enjoyment from doing so, but please be aware they are wild animals – feed and watch them, but don’t try and tame them. In particular, don’t put out excessive amounts of food and clear away any uneaten food.

Do foxes smell bad?

Like skunks, foxes secrete a smelly odor from scent glands. But foxes don’t use it as a weapon. They wear their smell to distinguish themselves, more like a bad perfume than a stink bomb! A fox’s musky scent helps it convey status and mark its territory.

Do Fennec foxes stink?

Although they’re not on the level of a skunk or a ferret, fennec foxes do have scent glands on the tips of their tails. This gives off a musky odor when the animal is startled or stressed. These foxes are nocturnal in the wild although a pet fennec usually adapts somewhat to its owner’s schedule.

Are Fennec foxes friendly?

Fennec foxes are considered exotic pets.

These little desert foxes are friendly and inquisitive and can make unique pets. While having a fennec fox is a lot more work than a dog or cat, owning a fox is kind of like having a dog and a cat in one animal. And as cute as they are, fennec foxes take a lot of work!

Do foxes attack you?

Foxes are not dangerous to humans, except when they are rabid(which is very rare) or when they are captured and handled.

Where are Fennec foxes illegal?

Fennec Fox Laws

As of 2014, states banning possession of fennec foxes include Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada and Washington. States including Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Texas require either a permit or health certificate for fennec foxes.

Native foxes are illegal in the majority of states, as are many native animals. The fennec fox, one of the more popular exotic pets, is technically legal in a number of states. Other states may surprisingly only allow you to keep foxes you caught yourself, or ideally, require proof a fox is captive-bred.

Why are Fennec foxes illegal?

Fennec foxes are not native to California. Given the fragility of some of California’s ecosystems, I’m sure part of the reason for the ban is to help prevent dumping of a non-native creature into an environment that is not prepared for it or it for that environment.

What can I feed a Fennec fox?

The captive fennec fox should ALWAYS be offered fresh water. In captivity, an exotic canine diet (e.g. Mazuri), high-quality dry or canned dog, or cat food is fed. Vegetables, fruits, pinkie mice, rodents, eggs, crickets, mealworms, as well as commercially available raw meat diets are also offered.

Why do Fennec foxes have big eyes?

This cute little fox has huge ears and very large eyes. The large ears help the fox lose excess heat and enable it to hear its prey from a long distance away. The thick fur of the fennec fox is the color of sand, and keeps the fox warm during the chilly desert nights.

Why does the Fennec Fox have big ears?

The fennecs are most recognizable by their large ears, reaching 4 to 6 inches in length. Those ears not only help them listen for prey underground, but also serve to dissipate excess heat of the desert. They have a thick, sandy-colored coat that keeps them warm at night and reflects the sunlight during the day.

Do foxes kill cats?

Foxes pose little danger to cats. However, foxes will scavenge the remains of dead cats, but actual evidence of them killing cats is extremely rare. Cats and dogs vastly outnumber foxes and they usually co-exist without any serious problems. But many fox cubs are killed each year by pet cats and dogs.

What to do if a fox approaches you?

If you encounter a fox or coyote who does not immediately run away, make some noise. Yell, clap your hands, wave your arms, stomp your feet—make your presence felt, but do not approach or chase the animal. You can also carry a whistle, or other noisemaker when walking in known coyote or fox areas.

Should you leave food out for foxes?

Putting out excessive amounts of food that could encourage foxes to become overconfident. Putting out food they can take away and cache. Offering something they can eat on the spot discourages them from digging up neighbours’ gardens! Leaving out food uneaten by foxes that could attract unwanted visitors like rats.