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African Striped Weasel

Habitat:

Open savanna, moist highlands, forest-savanna and agricultural lands.


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Behavior:

They are solitary in the wild and almost exclusively nocturnal (active at night).


Reproduction:

Gestation of 31-33 days with 1-3 young born.


Interesting Facts:

As a defense, they can spray a pungent odor from anal glands over 3 feet.  One of the smallest carnivores in the world. They are ferocious hunters, breaking the backbone of their prey with their back feet.


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African Striped Weasel
Range
Class: mammal
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Genus: Poecilogale
Species: albinucha
Length: 10 - 14 inches
Weight: 8-13 oz.
Length: 10 - 14 inches
Wild Diet: Mostly mice and other small rodents, will occasionally eat birds and eggs.
Zoo Diet: Mice
Predators: Large carnivores, including foxes and small cats, owls and hawks
Where at the Zoo? Small Animal Building: Temperate Zone


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