Bat-Eared Fox

Series of side elevation illustrations of the Bat-Eared Fox

The Bat-Eared Fox (Otocyon megalotis) is a species that was named for its large ears that are used for hearing and regulating its temperature. They have sand-gray fur, lighter fur on their underside, and darker fur along their eyes and muzzle. They typically live in the African Savana. Bat-Eared Foxes are mostly insectivores and eat ants, beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, millipedes, moths, scorpions, and spiders. The Bat-Eared fox is nocturnal 85% of the time even though they are highly social animals and easily gets along with others.

Set of side elevation drawings of the Bat-Eared Fox in assorted postures

Bat-Eared Foxs have a shoulder height of 12”-15” (30-38 cm), body length between 18”-26” (46-66 cm), and an overall weight in the range of 7-12 lb (3-5 kg). The typical lifespan of a Bat-Eared Fox is 5-7 years in the wild) and up to 12-16 years when raised in captivity.


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12”-15” | 30-38 cm
18”-26” | 46-66 cm
7-12 lb | 3-5 kg
Scientific Name:
Otocyon megalotis
5-7 years (wild); up to 12-16 years (captivity)


Drawings include:

Bat-Eared Fox side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (walking), side (lying down)

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Foxes are carnivorous mammals under the taxonomic rank Vulpini and fit into the family Canidae. They are usually very social, cunning, and identified by the long-bushy tail, upright triangular ears, flattened skull, and the ability to move pretty fast.

Red Fox
2-4 years (wild); up to 10-12 years (captivity)
Swift Fox
3-6 years (wild); up to 10-14 years (captivity)
Kit Fox
4-7 years (wild); up to 12-14 years (captivity)
Fennec Fox
8-10 years (wild); up to 10-14 years (captivity)
Arctic Fox
3-6 years (wild); up to 14-16 years (captivity)
Raccoon Dog
4-8 years (wild): up to 11-16 years (captivity)
Bat-Eared Fox
5-7 years (wild); up to 12-16 years (captivity)
Gray Fox
6-8 years (wild); up to 14-16 years (captivity)