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

nancymendiburu
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful !!

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#2

Black Silver Fox

OnceFeltNeverSaid Report

Teressa
Community Member
5 years ago

WOW.

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#3

Black Silver Fox

Matt Knoth Report

DianaHockley
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#4

Black Silver Fox

missymandel Report

DariaB
Community Member
5 years ago

Looks like a puppy.

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#5

Black Silver Fox

Gitzo Report

DebbieHelming
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful!

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#6

Black Silver Fox

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KarenRawling
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#8

Black Silver Fox

Alfons Van Bokhorst Report

cheetah
Community Member
5 years ago

Snow jump time

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#9

Black Silver Fox

Imgur Report

Firefoxlover183
Community Member
5 years ago

First! And I luv foxes so :)

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#10

Black Silver Fox

Shelley Evans Report

cheetah
Community Member
5 years ago

I don't want my picture taken!

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#11

Black Silver Fox

Monica Chase Report

NatalieLipson
Community Member
5 years ago

wow what a beautiful beautiful animal! Great photos :)

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#12

Black Silver Fox

Luise Dittombée Report

cheetah
Community Member
5 years ago

Why you throw that snowball?

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#13

Black Silver Fox

Dan Newcomb Photography Report

cheetah
Community Member
5 years ago

She the prettiest in the pack. I want her

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#14

Black Silver Fox

Andreas Freund Report

cheetah
Community Member
5 years ago

I see the perfect den location

#15

Black Silver Fox

Joseph Leduc Report

cheetah
Community Member
5 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

AddisonDenney
Community Member
4 years ago

This is amazing. This breed of fox is beautiful.You are amazing . Just beautiful photography.

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#19

Black Silver Fox

Reed Miller Report

NguyenToan
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow!

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#20

Black Silver Fox

Oliver Michels Report

#21

Black Silver Fox

Monika Chace Report

nala
Community Member
1 year ago

aw

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#22

Black Silver Fox

Dave Van Der Laar Report

Luka
Community Member
1 year ago

How you doin'?

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#23

Black Silver Fox

Josh Ellis Report

#24

Black Silver Fox

Malcolm Benn Report

Luka
Community Member
1 year ago

CAROL, WTF, STOP HITTING ME WITH SNOWBALLS!

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#25

Black Silver Fox

Zircon_215 Report

nala
Community Member
1 year ago

aww

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#26

Black Silver Fox

f6.1-f8.0 Report

Luka
Community Member
1 year ago

CAROL! JESUS CHRIST!

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#27

Black Silver Fox

Jon Wedge Report

MarciaWalsh
Community Member
5 years ago

i see you!

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#28

Black Silver Fox

Darcy Mcgrath Report

Libby Fenton
Community Member
4 months ago

I sit and not move anywhere

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#29

Black Silver Fox

Ami 211 Report

Nyomi Frick
Community Member
4 years ago

tongue

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#30

Black Silver Fox

andrea mitchell Report

Libby Fenton
Community Member
4 months ago

IM ONTOP OF THE WORLD

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#31

Black Silver Fox

PietervH Report

#32

Black Silver Fox

matt knoth Report

TammyChapman
Community Member
5 years ago

Parts of it match the road it is running across.

#33

Black Silver Fox

Lee Shand Report

DebbraWalter
Community Member
5 years ago

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

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#34

Black Silver Fox

Robert Gagnon Report

Libby Fenton
Community Member
4 months ago

Lol looks like it wants to eat

#35

Black Silver Fox

Larry Report

MarciaWalsh
Community Member
5 years ago

whateva! i can do what i want!

#36

Black Silver Fox

Tory Kallman Report

TammyChapman
Community Member
5 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
Community Member
4 years ago

Amazing drawing

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#38

Black Silver Fox

Andrew Carafone Report

AleishaMaree
Community Member
5 years ago

That is such a funky fox! I ♡ him!

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#39

Black Silver Fox

Tom Littlejohns Report

Libby Fenton
Community Member
4 months ago

Checking the perimeter

#40

Black Silver Fox

Andre Secours Report

Luka
Community Member
1 year ago

CAROL YOU RETARD!

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#41

Black Fox Playing In A Back Garden In Yorkshire

Robert Fuller Report

Libby Fenton
Community Member
4 months ago

Too cute for fox school

#42

Black Silver Fox

Matthias Rühlemann Report

Libby Fenton
Community Member
4 months ago

Its war like wings of fire

#43

Black Silver Fox

Ryan Gardiner Report

Libby Fenton
Community Member
4 months ago

What u looking at idiot

#44

Black Silver Fox

Dave Report

Matthew Heinrich
Community Member
3 years ago

Poor little buddy looks hungry

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#45

Black Silver Fox

Monika Chace Report

CarolynVerioskaCastroPacheco
Community Member
5 years ago

This is unmistakably photoshopped.

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