The red fox has an elongated body and relatively short limbs. The tail, which is longer than half the body length (70 percent of head and body length), is fluffy and reaches the ground when in a standing position.
They are very agile, being capable of jumping over 2-metre-high (6 ft 7 in) fences, and swim well.
Red foxes are usually together in pairs or small groups consisting of families, such as a mated pair and their young.
Urban red foxes are most active at dusk and dawn, doing most of their hunting and scavenging at these times.
Urban red foxes can cause problems for residents. They have been known to steal chickens, disrupt rubbish bins and damage gardens.
Urban red foxes will often make their homes in hidden and undisturbed spots in urban areas as well as on the edges of a city, visiting at night for sustenance.
City-dwelling red foxes have the potential to consistently grow larger than their rural counterparts because of abundant scraps and a lack of predators.
Red foxes reproduce once a year in spring.
The average litter size consists of four to six kits, though litters of up to 13 kits have occurred.
Kits begin to leave their dens and experiment with solid food brought by their parents at the age of 3–4 weeks.
In captivity, their longevity can be as long as 15 years, though in the wild they typically do not survive past 5 years of age.