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.

Why Fennec foxes are bad pets?

It’s no understatement to say that fennec foxes are highly reactive to everything going on in their environment. They can spook easily at loud noises or disruptions and may become nervous or anxious. More unfamiliar to most mainstream pet owners is that the fennec fox is most active at night.

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

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.

Are Fennec foxes dangerous to humans?

Fennec Foxes are not dangerous to humans, but they are also not domesticated. Some people do keep them as pets.

Do Fennec foxes smell?

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.

Can you keep a wolf as a pet?

Because of this, having a wolf or wolfdog as a pet is illegal in many places and is often associated with many rules in others – and with good reason. Sadly, there is no federal law regarding the ownership of a wolf or wolfdog. Laws are left to be determined by the individual states.

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.

Are Fennec foxes good pets?

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.

Can u buy a Fennec fox?

If it is legal in your state it is imperative that you purchase your Fennec fox from a licensed and approved breeder. Otherwise it is considered an illegal pet even if it is legal to own them where you live.

What eats a Fennec fox?

Fennec Fox Predators and Threats

Eagle owls are considered to be the main predator of the fennec fox but they are also thought to be preyed about by larger mammals too including hyenas, caracals, jackals and domestic dogs.

What is the average lifespan of a Fennec fox?

about 10 years

What are the predators of the Fennec Fox?

The fennec fox’s main predators are the various African varieties of eagle owl. Other possible predators include caracals, jackals, striped hyenas, and the Saluki, a greyhound-like domestic dog local to the area.