Steppe polecats resemble the European polecat in habits and appearance. However, their body seems more elongated due to shorter guard hairs. They exhibit and wide range of coat colors, but generally, their body is pale brown or straw yellow, with a darker shade on the back and fades toward the underside. The limbs, thorax, and 1/3 of the tail are black or dark brown. There’s a pattern on the muzzle that resembles a mask.
Their diet comprises hamsters, pikas, squirrels, fish, chickens, and carrions, and sometimes prey on birds such as willow grouse and grey partridges. They are very agile and depend heavily on their sense of smell and hearing while hunting.
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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