The Silver Fox is a Red Fox

If you’re lucky, you might spot one of these beautiful creatures in the wild one day, including right here in Tennessee. Although often mistaken for an exotic pet or the distantly related grey fox, this animal is actually the exact same species as the familiar red fox. Like a black cat or panther, a silver fox has a trait known as melanism that increases the amount of pigment in its skin and fur. Silver-coated red foxes can occur anywhere in the world where red foxes naturally exist, and often have parents, siblings, mates, and kits with the more familiar red coats.

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