Fennec Fox Adaptations: All You Need to Know

This article examines fennec fox adaptations; hence, you will learn how fennec fox adapts to its environment. Fennec fox is a small fox of around 5-7 inches long, found in the Sahara of North Africa, the Arabian desert, Arava desert (South East Israel) as well as the Sinai Penisula and Kuwait; hence, fennec fox natural habitat is a very hot environment.

Fennec Fox Adaptations

The natural habitat is a den which the fennec fox digs in sand. The dens usually have many entrances (between 10-18 entrances). The den is sheltered by plants, and sometimes they are on open areas.

Fennec fox adaptations that help their survival

Fennec Fox Adaptations

Fennec Fox Enormous Ear

The Fennec Fox ear is one distinctive feature that can’t be missed when you see this lovely animal; it has two large ears that stand out, with its ears sometimes up to 6 inches long. The ear helps quell body heat when the temperature is getting too hot.

Fennec Fox Kidney

Another body part that helps the fennec fox adaptations is its kidney. Since they stay in hot areas, mostly deserts, they have kidneys that hold more water in their body; therefore, they don’t need water like other average animals in hot areas.

With that kind of kidney, there is no problem with water or thirst if they can’t find food. They also get water from food moisture as well as from dew in their den.

Thick Fur

Unlike human, fennec fox doesn’t wear clothes or thick coats to get warmth during cold nights in the desert. However, it has a natural thick fur which keeps it warm in cold weather.

Coarse Fur

Fennec foxes furs also have coarse textures which reflect heat and provide them with warmth.

Feet with Fur

They don’t wear shoes; however, they have natural shoes that keep their feet from burning as a result of the heat from desert sand. The thick fur on their soles gives their sole insulations against the hotness of the sand.

Aside from their furry feet protecting against desert sand hotness, the fur on their feet also help them have a good grip of desert sand, making it easier for them when running, when evading preys or when they are trying to hunt a prey.


This concludes our article on fennec fox adaptations in their natural habitat. They have the right body parts to help them survive in their natural habitat.

Image Credit:  Image by Stevie Lee from Pixabay


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