African striped weasel

A skunk mimic, besides a similar appearance, also releases smelly fluid from its anal gland when they feel threatened

Devonpike

African striped weasel is one of the most petite mammalian carnivores in Africa. They have long and sleek bodies with short legs. Their body coat is primarily black, with a thick, white stripe on the back leading to the top of the head. The tail is bushy and completely white.

This animal is a nocturnal hunter that preys on birds, reptiles, and small mammals. They hunt mainly by scent, attacking the target with a sudden lunge and striking at the back of the neck. Then they finish it with a killing blow by kicking the prey and whipping their bodies.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Angola
2015
Botswana
2015
Burundi
2015
Congo-Brazzaville
2015
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2015
Eswatini
2015
Kenya
2015
Lesotho
2015
Malawi
2015
Mozambique
2015
Namibia
2015
Rwanda
2015
South Africa
2015
Tanzania
2015
Uganda
2015
Zambia
2015
Zimbabwe
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No