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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Canidae
Genus:Canis
Genus species:Canis aureus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:60-106 cm
Height:38-50 cm
Weight:7-15 kg
Identification:The coat of the golden jackal is either pale golden brown or yellow tipped with brown. The underside is more pale and the tip of the tail is black.
Habitat:Open country with trees and brush
Diet:Carnivore: invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds, small mammals, carrion
Reproduction:Mating season varies by a population's location. Births usually peak when food is most abundant. Gestation is 63 days long, with 1-9 pups being born afterwards. The female lactates (gives milk) for 8-10 weeks. Golden jackals live for 13 years in the wild and 16 years in captivity.
Mated pairs may use helpers (usually last year's pups). If food is abundant, there may be up to 20 members in a group.
Behavior:Jackals are usually active during the night and day but will switch to being purely nocturnal in human inhabited areas.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Despite previous thought, jackals hunt as well as scavenge for food. Golden jackals prefer to bite at the belly to take down prey.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern Africa
Eastern Africa
Southeastern Europe
Southern Asia
Date:1976-11 Subjects:dog
canine
Golden jackal
Indian jackal
Asiatic jackal
Canis aureus
Jackals
Canis
Canidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals