Striped polecat

They are also called ‘zorilla’ which comes from the Spanish word ‘zorro’, meaning small fox, but they are not fox

Daderot

Native to central and south Africa, the elegant striped polecat’s coats can vary with their location, but generally, they are black with white stripes running from the head down their backs and end with a white tail. It is also white on their cheeks and ears and a white spot on their head.

Watch out when they arch their backs and rear end facing you with the tail straight up in the air! They might be threatened and going to perform anal spray that will temporarily blind the target due to an intense burning sensation. They are carnivores that feed on snakes, amphibians, insects, small rodents, and birds. They have clawed paws that help them dig in the dirt and search for their meals.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Angola
2015
Benin
2015
Botswana
2015
Burkina Faso
2015
Burundi
2015
Cameroon
2015
Central Af. Rep.
2015
Chad
2015
Congo-Brazzaville
2015
Côte D’ivoire
2015
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2015
Djibouti
2015
Egypt
2015
Eritrea
2015
Eswatini
2015
Ethiopia
2015
Gambia
2015
Ghana
2015
Guinea-Bissau
2015
Guinea
2015
Kenya
2015
Lesotho
2015
Malawi
2015
Mali
2015
Mauritania
2015
Mozambique
2015
Namibia
2015
Niger
2015
Nigeria
2015
Rwanda
2015
Senegal
2015
Somalia
2015
South Africa
2015
Sudan
2015
Tanzania
2015
Togo
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