So...if you find a medium sized skull, how do you know whether it's a badger or fox ? Read on to find out...
First things first...
- They both have teeth all the way around the mouth, unlike sheep or deer, which have a big gap between the front and back teeth. They also have a variety of different shaped teeth. Both these things mean that they are not herbivores.
- The size of the skull is a good indication of the size of the whole animal. A cat skull is 10cm long, and a roe deer is about 21cm long (with the nasal bones). Both these will be about 13-16cm long in adults, so you can tell they are somewhere between the size of a cat and a roe deer.
- The eye sockets on both are on the front of the head, not the sides. This is an animal that hunts, rather than is hunted.
- You can also tell whether it is an adult or juvenile skull by whether there are teeth still emerging at the back of the mouth.
Skull sizeBoth skulls are a similar size, but foxes are generally bigger. However, there is some overlap because a juvenile fox skull will be smaller than an adult badger.
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