We've all seen a red fox and maybe even the white Arctic one, but only a few of the lucky have spotted a black fox in the wilderness. The vixen, commonly known as a silver fox, is a melanistic form of the brown animal. And if you're wondering what 'melanistic' means, it is basically the opposite of albinism when dark-colored pigment melanin is developed in the skin, thus making fur of these vixens black. Melanism not only can be seen in foxes but also a wide range of other animals.

Through the experiment of fox domestication held in Russia since 1595, the silver foxes were bred together, so that the melanism will show in each litter of fox puppies. After some years of such breeding, the trait of black color now stays with every fox generation, and these foxes are also known as the Siberian fox type.

The wild silver fox, similar to the brown, has been favorited by many folklore tales, always portraying an intelligent and wise being, such as the one in Achomawi myth of world creation. Nowadays, the term 'silver fox' is used to describe handsome older men, who have started to show gray in their hair. Pretty appropriate, right?

Below, we've gathered a compilation of these cute foxes shown not only in a domestic environment but also captured by wildlife photography. So scroll down and be prepared for the most adorable fox photos!

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Black Silver Fox

OnceFeltNeverSaid Report

cheetah
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Strolling thru the field looking for a den for mrs. fox is hard work. I need a juicy snack

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Black Silver Fox

Matt Knoth Report

DianaHockley
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Let's hope God protects these precious creatures from the hunters.

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Black Silver Fox

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KarenRawling
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful photos. Thanks so much for sharing them! --Karen Eide Rawling (North Carolina, USA)

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Black Silver Fox

Stuart Jamieson Report

cheetah
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, dear, I'm coming back to the den

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#9

Black Silver Fox

Imgur Report

cheetah
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I luv you, that's why I learned how to dance

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Black Silver Fox

Monica Chase Report

NatalieLipson
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wow what a beautiful beautiful animal! Great photos :)

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#14

Black Silver Fox

Andreas Freund Report

cheetah
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I see the perfect den location

#16

Black Silver Fox

Paul Keates Report

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Black Silver Fox

Monika Chace Report

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Black Silver Fox

Grant.C Report

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Black Silver Fox

Reed Miller Report

TammyChapman
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

(S)he's hunting. They can here the tiny sounds of mice and other live creatures under the snow. That's when they pounce.

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Black Silver Fox

Oliver Michels Report

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Black Silver Fox

Dave Van Der Laar Report

Annette Johnston
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What do they sound like? Do they sound like a regular fox ?

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#23

Black Silver Fox

Josh Ellis Report

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Black Silver Fox

PietervH Report

#32

Black Silver Fox

matt knoth Report

TammyChapman
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Parts of it match the road it is running across.

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Black Silver Fox

Robert Gagnon Report

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Black Silver Fox

Larry Report

MarciaWalsh
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

whateva! i can do what i want!

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Black Silver Fox

Tory Kallman Report

Libby Fenton
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I heard they hunt jackrabbits and other stuff

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#44

Black Silver Fox

Dave Report

Libby Fenton
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aww i have a silver fox i found him like that

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