gray fox

(Urocyon cinereoargenteus)

Conservation Status
Photo by Pete Schultz
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern


N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked


not listed


The fur (pelage) is mostly grizzled, pepper and salt gray. The lower sides, sides of the neck, legs, feet, and back of ears are rusty-yellow. It does not have black “socks”. The tail has a black median stripe and a black tip.




Total length: 30 to 44

Head and body: 21 to 29

Tail: 11 to 16






Similar Species

  Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) pellage is yellowish-red. The tail does not have a black median stripe. The tip of the tail is white. The feet have black “socks”.  

Hardwood forests and woodlands








6 to 8 years


Life Cycle








Distribution Map



15, 24, 29, 30, 76.




Common in the southeast, uncommon elsewhere

  Class Mammalia (mammals)  
  Subclass Theria  
  Infraclass Eutheria (placentals)  
  Magnorder Boreoeutheria  
  Superorder Laurasiatheria  
  Order Carnivora (carnivores)  
  Suborder Caniformia (dog-like carnivores)  


Canidae (coyotes, dogs, foxes, jackals, wolves)  


Urocyon (gray foxes)  

Subordinate Taxa


California gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus californicus)

Costa Rican gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus costaricensis)

eastern gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus cinereoargenteus)

Florida gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus floridanus)

gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus nigrirostris)

gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus orinomus)

Guatemalan gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus guatemalae)

Madras gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus madrensis)

northern gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus borealis)

Panama gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus furvus)

Peninsula gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus peninsularis)

Scott’s gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus scottii)

Townsend’s gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus townsendi)

Venezuelan gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus venezuelae)

Wisconsin gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus ocythous)

Yucatan gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus fraterculus)




Canis cinereoargenteus


Common Names


common gray fox

gray fox











The coat of a mammal, consisting of fur, wool, or hair, and including a soft undercoat and stiff guard hairs.


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Other Videos
  Creature Feature: Gray Fox
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Published on Aug 24, 2016

Two gray foxes will join the Museum’s menagerie of live native Ohio animals in the all-new "Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden — Presented by KeyBank," opening Labor Day weekend 2016. Gray foxes are one of the only canines that can climb trees—a fact that inspired the young foxes’ names. Buckeye and Ash were born in captivity and hand-raised in Minnesota. The pair have been bonding with their caregivers and getting familiar with their new home since July.

  Gray Fox - Urocyon cinereoargenteus
John Delgado

Published on Sep 20, 2015

The gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) is a carnivoran mammal of the family Canidae ranging throughout most of the southern half of North America from southern Canada to the northern part of South America (Venezuela and Colombia).

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  Gray Fox Visit
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Published on Oct 24, 2016

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  Gray Fox Climbing a Tree (night vision)
Graeme Colmer

Published on Mar 26, 2013

A gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) climbing a tree at night. Gray foxes are one of only two canids (dog family) with the ability to climb trees.

Taken in Groveland, California

  MRCA releases Gray Fox into the wild

Published on Apr 30, 2014

Tony Charness with MRCA released a healthy gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) into the wild on Earth Day 2014. The fox had been found 19 days earlier in Wilson Canyon suffering from hypoxia.Thank you to the California Wildlife Center for rehabilitation of the fox. If you find wildlife in need of help, please call the center at (818) 222-2658.

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Billy Knuth

Location: about a mile south of Bock Minnesota

We have a Gray Fox hanging around our yard that has a few kits with her. We think they are hanging out under the chicken coup. Seen playing early light of day.

6/23/2019 As an update, one afternoon last week we watched 2 pups come out from under the building!

Name withheld

Location: Cross of Glory Baptist Church 4600 Shady Oak Road, Minnetonka MN 55343

walking around parking lot at 10:15pm






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