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Small carnivorous canids know for long narrow snout & bushy tail. Has reputation for being sneaky, taking chickens & geese, and being highly adaptable

30
games
16
platforms

The first video game about Foxes was released on January 4, 1987.

Martech, Crescent Moon Games and Daedalic Entertainment has published most of these games

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Foxes are not exclusively carnivorous as they also eat berries and occasionally fruits. Males are called reynards, females are called vixens. Young are called kits (but pups or cubs is acceptable also) Groups of foxes are a "skulk", "troop" or "earth". They are typically solitary or live in a loose small family group.

In entertainment, foxes are often pitted against Chickens or Geese. Once in a while their are matched with mice, a much more likely prey for foxes.

Foxes are an extremely adaptable animal. The Arctic Fox has thick white fur to stay warm and blend with snow. All foxes can grow and shed fur to match the weather. Fennec foxes are yellowish and live in the most extreme deserts. The Silver Fox has been domesticated and has a variety of colors and pied coats. The gray fox can climb trees; only one other canid species can do that. Some foxes are brown, orange, reddish orange, gold, some black, and some are peppered or strikingly patterned with any of the foxish colors, especially on the face. The most noticeable pattern, when they occur, is a contrasting face, the contrasting light colored tail tip, contrasting dark paws or legs, and combination back and shoulder stripes that form a cross shape when viewed from above (these are called "cross foxes"). Naturally occurring spotted, blotched, pied, and even 'tiger striped' are known but are generally not distinctive. Flame colored foxes (red nose to yellow tipped tail, ie: the firefox) are not known to occur but are entirely feasible. Due to wide ranges and commonly occurring hybridation, individuals family members do not always resemble each other, especially for the most common species, the Red Fox. An orange-red fox may give birth to a silver fox with white tail tip and another grayish fox with white spots. Foxes have vertical-slit pupils like a cat! They can easily run as fast as 72 km/h! The Fox's bushy tail accounts for at least 1/3 of it length and is useful for balance, an insulating wrap, long distance communication device, insect swatter, wash rag, pillow, and seed distribution. Observing a long, bushy, white tipped tail (or other light color) on a tiny mammal virtually guarantees one has seen a fox (as opposed to a small wolf, canid, or feline species). Foxes cannot bare their teeth the way dogs, wolves and other canids can. Thus, when they peel back their lips to express anything, it gives the impression of a sly smile.

The Red Fox, native to northern North America and Eurasia, was introduced to Australia, North Africa, and the southeast of North America (for fox hunts) and now thrives in these places. This species also made its way through introduction, migration and hybridation to India, Tibetan, Ladakh, the Himalayas, Kashmir, Jammu, Thar Desert of Rajasthan, Kutch, Gujarat, Japan, and China. It can make a home in scrubland, prairies, forests, swamps, subtropical growth, desert, tundra, mountain, beaches, crop fields, farmland, and human settlements (including densely populated cities).

Many laymen are skeptical that foxes roam human cities. But they have a reputation for sneakiness for good reason. They move about with great stealth and when nobody is watching. They change their home base often. They routinely travel long distances and may pass through a city not staying long enough to get caught. Their scat resembles either skunk or raccoon (depending on which is nearby, because they tend to eat mostly the same meals). But the presence of rodent hair and bones will identify the true depositor as a fox. Foxes are commonly carriers of digestive tract dwelling parasites. Any animal or person that investigates their scat may be temporarily stricken to sick to follow the fox (however, some of these parasites can even be fatal to animals of humans). Foxes will even tuck their tail, point their nose away from the viewer and mimic the behavior of cats or dogs which they are easily mistaken for if seen. Since no one expects to see a fox strolling through city streets, its most common to dismiss the site as some other type of animal. If the foxes trickery fails to keep distance between them and the curious, they can mimic a skunk. Foxes as well, have scent glans that can secrete a remarkably skunk-like smell. However, they cannot spray like a skunk. These urban foxes will occasionally eat tiny pets (fish, gerbils, tiny puppies and tiny kittens) when hungry and presented the opportunity for a quiet easy meal. But this is rare as the urban fox diet is mainly wild and invasive rodents followed by scavenged food waste. Food waste is also obtained with much stealth leaving very little evidence; unlike a cat, dog, or raccoon that makes tremendous noise and often leaves a huge mess. Smart farmers realize that an occasional missing chicken is the foxes well earned reward for having cleared out _all_ the rodents in an area (which are much worse to have around). Foxes prefer not to eat chickens simply because it is such a noisy task. A fox in a chicken coop is mostly likely there because it smelled a rat (which was in turn, there to eat chicken eggs and chicks).

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Canines

Platforms

Linux 10
Windows 3
Mac OS X 2
NES 2
MS-DOS 2
Nintendo DS 1
OS/2 1
Switch 1
C64 1
Atari ST 1
Amstrad CPC 1
PS2 1
ZX Spectrum 1
Amiga 1
Wii 1
Famicom Disk System 1

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