Fox-Cross and Grey-Distinguishing-How may a cross fox be distinguished from a grey?
There is such a vast difference between the cross and grey foxes that there should be no confusion whatever. The southern grey is an entirely different species. The animal is comparatively heavily built and the fur is shorter and much coarser than that of the cross. It is reddish on the under parts with a white patch on the breast, tail very heavy, dark on top and red on under side, lacking the white tip of the cross, red or silver. There is a red patch on the sides of the neck, the shape of the head and body are not the same as the cross, but it would be hard to describe this. The cross fox is, except for color, the same as the red. It has the white tip to the tail, same shape head, same slender build and same texture of fur. The color varies so much that it is difficult to describe and the change is gradual from the red variety to the silver. Usually the legs, under parts, tops of ears, hips and tail are black with grey hairs interspersed, except on ears and legs. There is always, some red on the shoulders and sides of neck. The finer specimens might be called imperfect silver foxes, as they are silver greys with only a small patch of red on the shoulders.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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