As canines, foxes have an array of noises in their lexicon, including barks and howls. Because foxes are relatively small compared to other canines, their vocalizations tend to be higher-pitched than one might expect from a dog or wolf.Continue Reading
Fox noises had quite the pop cultural moment in 2013 thanks to a viral internet hit focusing on the elusive question of what the fox says. As it turns out, foxes make sounds that can be characterized in ways that are similar to dog vocalizations, with barks and howls. However, fox noises are high-pitched, and foxes' howls can even sound like a human woman's scream.
Fox barks are typically quick, and they may resemble "yipping" sounds or the smaller barks that dogs make. According to Popular Science, fox barks are frequently confused with owl hoots. The fox's howl is high-pitched, loud, and emphatic. It is a screaming noise that can be quite startling.
Though domesticated dogs can be quite mouthy and vocal, foxes have a comparatively smaller array of noises at their disposal, though they do communicate through verbalizations. Some of these noises are intended as communications with other foxes, but some noises serve as warnings for potential predators or competitors in the wild.Learn more about Mammals
Different species of foxes will have different habitat preferences. However, all will live in some sort of a den environment crafted either underground, in a cave or in dense brush.Full Answer >
Red foxes are omnivorous mammals that live around the world in diverse habitats such as forests, grasslands, mountains and deserts. Foxes are solitary animals, but during the winter breeding season, they court and mate. The male fox stays with the female through the early spring, providing food for the family. Red foxes use their iconic bushy tails for balance, a warm cover in cold weather and to communicate with other foxes.Full Answer >
Skunks are preyed upon by many different species, including pumas, civets, coyotes, foxes, lynx, American badgers and various birds of prey. Skunks defend against predation through warning coloration and the ability to spray a sticky, foul-smelling fluid from their anal glands, which is strongly irritating to eyes. However, birds of prey are less intimidated by a skunk's defenses because their sense of smell is typically much weaker than mammalian predators'.Full Answer >
Skunks defend themselves with a horrible-smelling spray that is strong enough to ward off badgers, foxes, wolves and bears. According to National Geographic, the oily liquid is produced from anal scent glands under the skunk's tail.Full Answer >