The Cape Fox (Vulpes chama), sometimes known as the ‘silver fox’, is the smallest and the only ‘true fox’ found in Southern Africa. The Cape Fox is small, weighing less than 3 kg, with pointed snout and large ears. It eats mainly small rodents, insects like beetles and grasshoppers, and some fruits. Due to its nocturnal habits the Cape Fox is often killed on roads at night. These little foxes are not endangered, but many farmers in South Africa consider them vermin in the mistaken belief that they kill lambs.