Crab-eating fox, common zorro
South American foxes are often referred to by the local name of zorro.
The life-span of the crab-eating fox is unknown.
Body length: 60-70cm, Tail length: 30cm, Weight: 6-7kg.
The coloration of crab-eating foxes is variable, but the upper parts are usually grizzled brown to grey, often with a yellowish tint, and the under parts are brownish white.
They have short ears and the tail is fairly long and bushy, and totally black or dark tipped.
Crab-eating foxes inhabit South America, from Colombia to north Argentina.
They live in open woodland and grassland.
Crab-eating foxes feed on small rodents, lizards, frogs, crabs, insects, fruit and turtle eggs.
They are mainly nocturnal and social.
Crab-eating foxes have a gestation period of 52-59 days, after which they give birth to 2-6 cubs. The cubs weigh 120-160g at birth.
The conservation status of crab-eating foxes is not known, but they are not thought to be endangered.