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!

#1

Black Silver Fox

Matt Knoth Report

cheetah 3 years ago

Beautiful!! :D

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#2

Black Silver Fox

OnceFeltNeverSaid Report

cheetah 3 years ago

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

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#3

Black Silver Fox

Matt Knoth Report

DianaHockley 3 years ago

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

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#4

Black Silver Fox

missymandel Report

DariaB 3 years ago

Looks like a puppy.

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#5

Black Silver Fox

Gitzo Report

DebbieHelming 3 years ago

Beautiful!

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#6

Black Silver Fox

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KarenRawling 3 years ago

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

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#7

Black Silver Fox

Stuart Jamieson Report

cheetah 3 years ago

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

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#8

Black Silver Fox

Alfons Van Bokhorst Report

cheetah 3 years ago

Snow jump time

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#9

Black Silver Fox

Imgur Report

cheetah 3 years ago

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

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#10

Black Silver Fox

Shelley Evans Report

Sonia.Alexandra 3 years ago

Astonishing. Really. Those eyes...

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#11

Black Silver Fox

Monica Chase Report

NatalieLipson 3 years ago

wow what a beautiful beautiful animal! Great photos :)

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#12

Black Silver Fox

Luise Dittombée Report

cheetah 3 years ago

Why you throw that snowball?

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#13

Black Silver Fox

Dan Newcomb Photography Report

karenza 3 years ago

bandit. beautiful creature. thanks

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#14

Black Silver Fox

Andreas Freund Report

cheetah 3 years ago

I see the perfect den location

#15

Black Silver Fox

Joseph Leduc Report

cheetah 3 years ago

Yes, dear, I had only one snowball

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#16

Black Silver Fox

Paul Keates Report

#17

Black Silver Fox

Monika Chace Report

#18

Black Silver Fox

Grant.C Report

Jude 2 years ago

Arctic fox in summer not a real silver fox.

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#19

Black Silver Fox

Reed Miller Report

TammyChapman 3 years ago

(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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#20

Black Silver Fox

Oliver Michels Report

#21

Black Silver Fox

Monika Chace Report

nala 3 months ago

aw

#22

Black Silver Fox

Dave Van Der Laar Report

Luka 2 days ago

How you doin'?

#23

Black Silver Fox

Josh Ellis Report

#24

Black Silver Fox

Malcolm Benn Report

Luka 2 days ago

CAROL, WTF, STOP HITTING ME WITH SNOWBALLS!

#25

Black Silver Fox

Zircon_215 Report

nala 3 months ago

aww

#26

Black Silver Fox

f6.1-f8.0 Report

Luka 2 days ago

CAROL! JESUS CHRIST!

#27

Black Silver Fox

Jon Wedge Report

MarciaWalsh 3 years ago

i see you!

#28

Black Silver Fox

Darcy Mcgrath Report

#29

Black Silver Fox

Ami 211 Report

Luka 2 days ago

CAROL I SWEAR TO GOD

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#30

Black Silver Fox

andrea mitchell Report

#31

Black Silver Fox

PietervH Report

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#32

Black Silver Fox

matt knoth Report

TammyChapman 3 years ago

Parts of it match the road it is running across.

#33

Black Silver Fox

Lee Shand Report

DebbraWalter 3 years ago

My cat's name is Silverbelle. This beautiful soul is a Silverbelle...or boy.

#34

Black Silver Fox

Robert Gagnon Report

#35

Black Silver Fox

Larry Report

MarciaWalsh 3 years ago

whateva! i can do what i want!

#36

Black Silver Fox

Tory Kallman Report

TammyChapman 3 years ago

This one needs to eat. And soon.

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#37

Baby Black Fox. Ink Illustration By Rasa Warg

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carolynkio 3 years ago

Amazing drawing

#38

Black Silver Fox

Andrew Carafone Report

Mandy Mason 2 years ago

So fluffy!!! :)

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#39

Black Silver Fox

Tom Littlejohns Report

#40

Black Silver Fox

Andre Secours Report

Luka 2 days ago

CAROL YOU RETARD!

#41

Black Fox Playing In A Back Garden In Yorkshire

Robert Fuller Report

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#43

Black Silver Fox

Ryan Gardiner Report

#44

Black Silver Fox

Dave Report

Matthew Heinrich 1 year ago

Poor little buddy looks hungry

#45

Black Silver Fox

Monika Chace Report

CarolynVerioskaCastroPacheco 3 years ago

This is unmistakably photoshopped.

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