Ecology: Life cycle description

A typical fox year

The figure shows a typical fox lifecycle in the northern hemisphere. It gives a calendar with fox season expressed as months, i.e. spring (March, April, May), summer (June, July, August), autumn (September, October, November) and winter (December, January, February). The monthly duration of each life-history event is as follows:

  • Birth of fox cubs: March to April
  • Cub dependency on their parents: April to June
  • Dispersal: October to February
  • Mating: January to February

The figure shows a typical fox lifecycle in the southern hemisphere. It gives a calendar with fox season expressed as months, i.e. spring (September, October, November), summer (December, January, February), autumn (March, April, May) and winter (June, July, August). The monthly duration of each life-history event is as follows:

  • Birth of fox cubs: August to October
  • Cub dependency on their parents: Ocotber to December
  • Dispersal: February to June
  • Mating: May to July

Data taken from Improving fox management strategies in Australia

References

  • Saunders, G. & McLeod, L. (2007) Improving fox management strategies in Australia. Bureau of Rural Sciences, Canberra, Australia.