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Vulpes Bengalensis, the indian fox

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The Indian or Bengal fox is the common fox of the open country, plains, and the waste and scrub zones of the deserts throughout India from the foothills of the Himalayas to Cape Comorin. The Indian fox rarely enters forest and true desert. Currently, the Indian fox population is on the decline due to habitat destruction and occurs in low densities throughout its range. There are four more fox species on the Indian subcontinent: the red fox (Vulpes vulpes), the corsac fox (V. corsac), the Tibetan sandfox (V. ferrilata), and Blanford's fox (V. cana). A fox plays a role in the Story of the Hare on the Moon as illustrated on a panel at Nagarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh third to fourth century. The canid-like animal resembles a fox most with its small size, compared to that of the otter and the hare.

Keywords: Cape Comorin; Indian fox; Vulpes vulpes



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