10 pictures of stunning black foxes
You've probable seen a red fox at least once in your life, but what about rarer colors? There are not that many black foxes around the world, but they all are absolutely gorgeous – let's enjoy 10 beautiful pictures of these animals.
Are there black foxes?
#1 Black foxes exist, but they are not a separate species
They have melanism, which means there is an increased amount of the dark-colored pigment in their hair.
#2 Their rare color is the result of mutation
Melanism is hereditary.
#3 Foxes with black fur are called silver foxes
Their fur varies from black to silvery-grey. Most silver foxes are partially white.
#4 You can see black foxes around the world
They represent less than 10% of the total fox population.
#5 They can even be found in Australia
But most silver foxes live in different regions of the northern hemisphere.
#6 Most of them live in North America, Siberia and the Caucasus mountains
While black foxes are just a variety of the red fox, there are many unusual fox species around the globe.
#7 Melanism doesn't affect the color of their eyes
They have golden eyes, just like red foxes do. Interestingly, the opposite of the melanism – albinism – almost always makes the eyes appear red or colorless.
#8 Since mid-20th century, they had been actively domesticated in Russia
They fur was also very popular and expensive.
#9 Just like red foxes, many silver foxes have white tips on their tails
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#10 Silver fox cubs are absolutely adorable!
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