The body & head of a fox is usually of a reddish brown colour with the underbelly being whitish grey. The fronts of their legs & backs of ears are black. Foxes have a lean frame with pointed ears & a long snout. The average fox is slightly larger than a pet cat, measuring around 67 to 72cm for males & 62 to 68cm for females. A fox's tail represents roughly one third of their total body length.
Foxes carry a number of diseases & parasites that are harmful to both humans & domestic pets. The main disease that can be transmitted from fox to human is toxocariasis. The eggs are usually present in the faeces of infected foxes. The eggs can remain infectious in soil for two to four years after the faeces have gone. This is why it is important to clear up & safely deposit any fox faeces so as not to allow enough time for any eggs to incubate.
Foxes also carry Weil's disease, Hydatid disease, Rabies, Sarcoptic Mange, Fleas & Ticks.