Fox is a common name for many species of
omnivorous mammals belonging to the Canidae family.
Foxes are small to medium-sized canids, characterized by
possessing a long narrow snout, and a bushy tail. Members
of about 37 species are referred to as foxes, of which only 12
species actually belong to the Vulpes genus of "true foxes".
By far the most common and widespread species of fox is the
red fox, although various species are found on almost every
continent. The presence of fox-like carnivores all over the
globe, together with their widespread reputation for cunning,
has contributed to their appearance in popular culture and
folklore in many cultures around the world.