Flying Fox Species in Tamaris | World Anvil

Flying Fox

Flying foxes are native to the northern mountains of Tamaris. They're fluffy, hardy creatures with a solitary nature and are all the rage further south. Most flying foxes aren't domesticated, though a few domesticated lines have been developed. In general, flying foxes don't make for great pets, and it takes a steady hand and lots of training to manage their reactivity and resource guarding. Most flying foxes are fearful towards strangers and don't do well with other animals. They're carnivorous and hunt small birds and rodents that live in the mountains. Because of their ability to fly, fences are no obstacle. In the wild, most animals are either white or silver, but the domesticated lines produce more colorful foxes. The coloration ranges from white to black. Few black foxes are completely black, and most have white frosting along the neck and back. Tawny or red points are unusual, and piebald is extremely rare. Some foxes also retain floppy ears for a few months instead of weeks and retain a kit-like appearance for up to a year. The wings are usually solid colored and the same as the back fur color. They're feathery and quite large compared to the body. Wild flying foxes are slightly larger than their domesticated counterparts with weights ranging from 8-15lbs. They are den animals and like to sleep off the ground. They are also very territorial and despite their small size, will chase off any intruder with great determination.   Female foxes become sexually mature at six months, but should not be bred before their first year. The average lifespan of a flying fox is 12 years. Foxes give birth to 2-4 kits which wean after 4 weeks. At this point, they are still friendly and curious and unable to fly, so it is an ideal time to rehome them. At 12 weeks, their wings are developed enough for them to start flying. Many people are surprised at how mischievous the kits can become as they will try to eat and destroy everything within reach. At 16 weeks, their baby teeth fall out to be replaced by adult teeth, and nothing is safe from their jaws.   They need to eat raw meat and bones which can be problematic in cities. If left outside, flying foxes will attempt to hunt, and they possess the natural instincts to feed themselves independently. Outside of breeding, flying foxes are solitary creatures and will attack other foxes in their territory.


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Jul 1, 2018 16:08 by Dimitris Havlidis

Oh MY! I want one!

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Jul 2, 2018 05:35 by Vertixico

Those foxes sound awesome. No matter the effort I would love to keep one :D

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