The Bat-eared Fox {Otocyon megalotis}

South Africa Wildlife

The Bat-eared Fox {Otocyon megalotis}

Bat-eared Fox
The Bat-eared Fox

The Bat-eared Fox is the only canid to have largely abandoned mammalian prey in favour of insects.

Characterized by large dish like ears and grey-black markings, the bat-eared Fox lives mainly in the open grasslands and grassy deserts of Southern and Central Africa.

Quick Facts

Name: Otocyon megalotis
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae

Size: Body length: 50-60cm; Tail: 30-35cm; Stands: 35-40cm; Weight: 3-4.5kg.

Habitat: Open woodland, grassy plains.
Distribution: There are two primary populations; one in South Africa and the other in East Africa.

Diet: Insects, particularly termites and grasshoppers. A small precentage of their diet includes lizards, small birds, eggs, small mammals and fruit.

Socialisation: Nocturnal, animals, Bat-eared foxes live in pairs and both partners rear the cubs.
Reproduction: After a gestation period of two months, the female gives birth to 1-5 cubs.

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