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The feet and head are brown The melanistic form of the Eurasian red fox.Has blackish-brown or black skin with a light-brownish tint.
Compare with West Frisian foks, Dutch vos, and German Fuchs. Red foxes present in Britain (and therefore Australia) are usually ascribed to this subspecies, though many populations there display a great degree of tooth compaction not present in continental European populations. Their skulls are fairly narrow and elongated, with small braincases. Sexual dimorphism of the skull is more pronounced than in corsac foxes, with female red foxes tending to have smaller skulls than males, with wider nasal regions and hard palates, as well as having larger canines.
Fossils dating from the Wisconsian are present in 25 sites in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming. British red foxes are heavily built, but short, while continental European red foxes are closer to the general average among red fox populations.
Although they ranged far south during the Wisconsinan, the onset of warm conditions shrank their range toward the north, and have only recently reclaimed their former American ranges because of human-induced environmental changes. In the typical red morph, their coats are generally bright reddish-rusty with yellowish tints.
Because of its widespread distribution and large population, the red fox is one of the most important furbearing animals harvested for the fur trade.
Too small to pose a threat to humans, it has extensively benefited from the presence of human habitation, and has successfully colonised many suburban and urban areas. vulpes by its smaller size, proportionately smaller skull and teeth, and coarser fur.
Red foxes are usually together in pairs or small groups consisting of families, such as a mated pair and their young, or a male with several females having kinship ties.