Bengal fox

“Bengal Fox” by Mvshreeram, licensed under CC BY SA 4.0
“Bengal Fox Pup” by Sumeet Moghe, licensed under CC BY SA 4.0

Common Name: Bengal fox, Indian fox

Scientific Name: Vulpes bengalensis

Conservation Status: Least Concern (Jhala, 2016).

Habitat:  Semi-arid areas such as scrub and grassland habitats where it is easy to hunt and dig dens (Johnsingh & Jhala, 2004).

Range:  Endemic to the Indian subcontinent, ranging from the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal to the southern tip of the Indian peninsula (Jhala, 2016). 

Diet: Primarily feeds on insects but also consumes birds and their eggs, small rodents, reptiles, and fruits (Meadors, 2007).

Threats: Rabies; Canine distemper virus; habitat depletion due to expanding human population and development (Jhala, 2016).