Marbled polecat

Delayed implantation enables them to time the birth for favorable conditions, such as when foods are abundant

Volker Röhl

The marbled polecat is a small mammal with yellow, short fur on the upper side and dark brown on the underside and limbs. Their dorsal is also heavily mottled with irregular brown or reddish spots. The muzzle is short, the ears are huge, and the tail is long. Their face is also covered with white markings around the mouth and a black stripe across the eyes.

The reduction in their population is believed to be associated with habitat loss, and the use of rodenticides reduces the prey available to them. They were also once hunted for their fur, known as ‘perwitsky’ in the fur trade.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2015
Armenia
2015
Azerbaijan
2015
Bulgaria
2015
China
2015
Egypt
2015
Sinai
Georgia
2015
Greece
2015
Iran
2015
Iraq
2015
Israel
2015
Kazakhstan
2015
Lebanon
2015
Mongolia
2015
Montenegro
2015
North Macedonia
2015
Pakistan
2015
Romania
2015
Russia
2015
Serbia
2015
Syria
2015
Turkey
2015
Turkmenistan
2015
Ukraine
2015
Uzbekistan
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