The Nature of Kern County


Dogs and Foxes


Canis latrans

by Alison Sheehey 1998-2015

Kingdom - ANIMALIA     Phylum - CHORDATA     Subphylum - VERTEBRATA     Class - MAMMALIA     Subclass - THERIA     Order - CARNIVORA     Family - CANIDAE     

Genus - Canis  specific epithet - latrans   subspecific epithet - mearnsii (east Desert)  ochropus (rest of county)


Length Head and body: 750-1000 mm.  Tail length: 300-400 mm. Weight: males 8-20 kg, females 7-18 kg. Dental formula: i 3/3-c 1/1-p 4/4-m 2/3 x 2, Total 42. Mammae 8. Eyes: Yellow/brown. Pelage: back gray, legs tan, belly grayish white. Diet: omnivorous.


Common to grasslands, valley scrub, deserts, and urban settings.


The coyote is found from Alaska to Nova Scotia and Panama. It is found in almost every habitat in Kern County.

Kern Introduced Species - a short introduction and a list of plants    Checklist of Exotic Animals introduced to Kern County 

Bullfrog     Virginia Opossum     Fox Squirrel     Rock Pigeon     Spotted Dove     Ringed Turtle Dove     Eurasian Collared Dove

Rose-ringed Parakeet     European Starling     House Sparrow     Hodgepodge of introduced Species

California Ground Squirrel     Coyote     Deer Mouse     Desert Cottontail     Kit Fox     Lodgepole Chipmunk     San Joaquin Antelope Squirrel     Kern County Mammals     Kern Mammal Checklist

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