The Bat eared fox according to MammalMAP
Bat eared foxes (Otocyon megalotis) are rare canids. They’ve pretty much abandoned their mammalian prey in favour of an insectivorous diet. The most outstanding feature of this small, tawny mammal is its huge ears in relation to its body. These ears make it possible to home in on sounds of insect activity. Their teeth are adapted for their diet too. Bat eared foxes have many small teeth, approximately 46 – 50, great for munching on critters.
Bat eared foxes are mainly nocturnal and rest in their burrows during the day. Their diet consists of mostly insects (harvester termites and beetles) but in the absence of insects, they also feed on birds, eggs, non-insect arthropods, lizards and small mammals. Insects not only fulfil their nutrient intake but fulfil their water requirements as well.
Bat eared foxes form social groups similar to our own – consisting of a mating pair and their offspring. Adult foxes are usually monogamous and breed annually resulting in 2 – 5 cubs born between October and January. Both parents are highly invested in rearing its young. Fatherswill guard the pups at the den while their mother is out foraging. Individuals in the group engage often in social grooming and play. They will also sleep together in the den. After reaching full maturity, most offspring disperse at the start of breeding season.
According to the IUCN, bat eared foxes are classified as a species of Least Concern.
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