Foxes are a predatory mammal of the canine family. The color and size of foxes is different in different areas; altogether there are 40-50 subspecies, excluding smaller forms. In general, as you move north, foxes become larger and lighter in color, and to the south, they become smaller and more dull in color. In the northern regions and in the mountains, black-brown and other melanistic forms of fox coloration are also more common. The most common color of the fox: bright red back, white belly, dark paws. Often, foxes have brown stripes on the ridge and shoulder blades, similar to a cross. Common features: dark ears and white tip of tail. Outwardly, the fox is a medium-sized animal with a graceful body on low, thin legs, with an elongated muzzle, pointed ears and a long fluffy tail. Foxes are good parents. Males take an active part in raising the offspring, and also take care of their friends even before the foxes appear. They improve burrows, even catch fleas from females. In the event of the death of his father, his place is taken by another single male, sometimes the foxes even fight among themselves for the right to become a stepfather. The red fox is a very common character in folklore around the world. In European countries, she, as a rule, embodies cunning and deceit, acting in quite a variety of roles: from treacherous scoundrels to clever advisers. In Japanese, Chinese and Korean myths, there are werewolf foxes that can take on human form. They have tremendous knowledge and wield magic.