I’m Jessika Coker, owner of Juniper Fox, a two-year-old domesticated fox who has over 2 million fans on Instagram. We live in the Florida Panhandle with a Malamute mix dog named Moose, a young red fox named Fig, and two Sugar Gliders named Petunia and Peach and quite a few reptile friends. Caring for animals has always been a passion of mine, and I am working on starting my own rescue for animals in need. I’m excited to publish my first book "Juniper: The Happiest Fox" later this month, giving readers an inside look at what life is like living with a pet fox.

This cute fox has many passionate fans that leave comments and questions on our Instagram posts. Here are some of the most common questions I receive.

“Did you get them from the wild?”

Juniper and Fig are actually not from the wild, contrary to popular belief. Foxes like Juniper and Fig have been bred for over 150 years in captivity for their fur. These foxes are referred to as Ranched Foxes and are unable to be released into the wild due to their genetic difference and pet animal behaviors.

“Where can I get one?”

Exotic pets and foxes too aren’t for everyone, and I don’t recommend them as household pets. Even though they have some tendencies resembling dogs and cats, they are inherently wild mannered and at the end of the day act like foxes.

“Do they sleep with you?”

Juniper does sleep with me most nights. That is if you consider the hours of 4 am to 8:30 am “nights.” Most of the time, she is indoors at night, but she prefers to parade around the house, getting into anything she can while I try to sleep.

“What do they eat?”

Foxes aren't your regular domestic animals and need a nutrient called taurine to survive. This is found in raw meats. They are given a natural diet made up of game animals with a few fruits and vegetables thrown into the mix, but they prefer marshmallows and beef jerky if given a choice.

“Do you need a permit?”

You do need a permit to own a fox in almost every state in the US. Obtaining a permit means passing certain qualifications deeming you a good fox keeper. This is decided by the individual state’s department of natural resources.

“Do they smell?” and “Are they potty trained?”

Juniper and Fig do smell! Well, their pee smells. In fact, they have a very distinct odor that smells a lot like a skunk. Fortunately, both Fig and Juniper are trained to use potty pads when indoors, so the smell is generally contained in one room. We have to clean constantly to make sure that the house doesn’t have a lingering odor. Even though they are potty trained, they will still mark things much like a cat. This is part of their instincts and nearly impossible to break them off, so we highly value our steam cleaner.

“Do they like affection?”

Juniper loves to give affection, but only on her terms. This usually happens when I’m in a deep sleep, and her need to be pet is just too great. I wake up nearly every night as she nudges my hand waiting for me to scratch her until we both fall asleep.

More info: Instagram

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Cherie O
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2 years ago

I follow Juniper and Fig on Instagram. They make me smile!!

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April Whitney
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2 years ago

Snaggletooth time!

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Jason Abillama-Villegas
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2 years ago

love that expression!

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Tom Hardeveld
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2 years ago

now that is a Gorgeous picture. The reflection in the eye, stunning.

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Adele Maestranzi
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2 years ago

Firefox!

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Keri Burns
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2 years ago

Awww - so cute together!

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Alia G.
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2 years ago

nom

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Rebekah
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2 years ago

Happy flappy. :)

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BarryAllenTheFlash
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2 years ago

His little gloves ❤️

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Rachelle
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2 years ago

What beautifully captured friendship :)

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Laura Perkinson
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2 years ago

I am really glad you told it just like it should be. To many people buy wild animals and have no idea and those animals often meet a bad ending

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My O My
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2 years ago

Foxy is in da hood ladies

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Ariel Dingeldein
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2 years ago

He really does look like the world's happiest fox!

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Marilyn Slater
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2 years ago

'Tell me, oh wise one...'

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Cherie O
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2 years ago

The rainbow behind his little ear :)

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Gabrielle M.
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2 years ago

Double Pffffffft ... who's teaching who bad habits here lol

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Cherie O
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2 years ago

DERP!

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April Whitney
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2 years ago

That face! Those paws! I'm dying... :)

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Amelia Junge
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2 years ago

omg their floofy tails

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Blue Cicada
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2 years ago

Someone's been chewing on the furniture, but it wasn't me! Probably not me...

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Rebekah
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2 years ago

Yoga.

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Wamma Lamma
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2 years ago

I can barely stand the cuteness!

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Cesar Mejia
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2 years ago

I wanna fox

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My O My
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2 years ago

Gimme a treat mama

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Alia G.
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2 years ago

Beautiful...

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Just Carmen
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2 years ago

Hehehe!! I left you a present somewhere in the house.... 🎶 You're never gonna find it.....🎶

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Tim Graham
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2 years ago

I'm not gonna lie, that made me yawn...

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Just Carmen
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2 years ago

MOM!!!

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Susann Campbell
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2 years ago

Loves you too.

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Just Carmen
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2 years ago

Best smile EVER!

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Sarah O'Dwyer
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2 years ago

Fox-loaf...

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Wamma Lamma
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2 years ago

Precious

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Wamma Lamma
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2 years ago

I so happy you my momma!

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Just Carmen
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2 years ago

I'm ready for my close-up Mr. Deville. I mean Mommy!!

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Arley Bindschadler
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2 years ago

Bet ya I could .

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Nevaeh love fuentez
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2 years ago

Boop

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Gabrielle M.
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2 years ago

Oh my I am so loving the snaggletooth.

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Jody Brown
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2 years ago

I smell Nutella!

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Hamlets twin
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2 years ago

"I want these ones"

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Nikki D
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2 years ago

aww look how happy he is with muddy paws!

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Just Carmen
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2 years ago

Awww... That's the spot right there.....

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Gabrielle M.
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2 years ago

Party Girl

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Blue Cicada
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2 years ago

Am I getting royalties off of this merchandise?

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Nini Meow
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2 years ago

Its so beautiful 😍

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Grace Skerp
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2 years ago

Deep thoughts

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Gabrielle M.
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2 years ago

She looks like a joy to live with!

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CastoiROBLOX
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2 years ago

Leaves

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Just Carmen
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2 years ago

Commence belly rubbing NOW!

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Jim Price
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2 years ago

Draw me like one of your French vixens.

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Blue Cicada
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2 years ago

I made a den. In the couch.

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Swarf
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2 years ago

Gnar....

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Wamma Lamma
Community Member
2 years ago

I love it when they do this--when my dog does it it's called thooper puppy!!

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Just Carmen
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2 years ago

Fox love!

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Wamma Lamma
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2 years ago

Iz warm and not in my eyes-best of both worlds!

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Keri Burns
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2 years ago

Eyes full of adoration!

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Karen Dyer
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2 years ago

Fox: come on lets go, lets go, lets go

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Just Carmen
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2 years ago

Now, where did I put that squeaky toy?!

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Just Carmen
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2 years ago

I been hidin' from you Mommy!

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Wamma Lamma
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2 years ago

Iz fluffy like me, and purty too

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seanemone
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2 years ago

uh oh she looks like she got some wild back in her in this pic--i don't mean it in a bad way, just in a 'don't run away from your human you'll break her heart' way.