Foxes are small to medium-sized omnivores belonging to several genera of the family Canidae. They have a flattened skull, upright triangular ears, a slightly upturned snout, and a long, bushy tail.
In order to avoid their predators and feed, foxes must be able to run quickly. They can reach speeds of 30 to 45 miles per hour, depending on the species and their environment. The most common threat to foxes is humans, but they are also vulnerable to other species. In the past, people hunted them with hounds and on horseback. This practice is still practiced in some countries.
Although foxes are notorious for being a nuisance to humans, foxes are also incredibly fast. Some foxes have been known to reach speeds of over 40 mph. In addition to their great speed, foxes have great eyesight, which allows them to spot their prey from a distance.
The Red fox and the Gray fox have different top speeds, with Red foxes hitting up to 31 mph and Gray foxes hitting up to 68 kph. The latter, however, is more difficult to capture than their smaller cousins, and even experienced foxes may be impossible to catch. In addition to their speed, foxes are known to confound humans and dogs due to their intelligence. They are also capable of communicating with each other by barking, which resembles dog barks but can be much more strident.
The fastest fox species is the red fox, which can reach almost 30 mph and leap six feet in the air. This is the fastest of all foxes, although most species of foxes are able to jump only three feet high. Their powerful hind legs help them to jump in the air and keep their eyes fixed on the target.
Although most common red foxes do not run at high speeds, they can run over 20 mph for short distances. This would allow them to outrun humans, but not for very long. This speed, however, is not needed for hunting its prey. They would most likely lose to domestic dogs over long distances.
Another trait that makes a fox fast is its climbing abilities. Some species can climb as high as six feet. This allows them to access high places such as dense vegetation. They also use their curved claws to climb tall trees. As such, they can reach great heights, which helps them find prey and catch it.
Some predatory species can reach a top speed of 65 MPH in one mile. They can also run at a high speed for longer distances. For a half mile, a jackrabbit can run up to 45 MPH. Nevertheless, this speed cannot be maintained for long.