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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Hyaenidae
Genus:Hyaena
Genus species:Hyaena hyaena

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:99-122 cm
Weight:30-40 kg
Identification:The striped hyena is gray or yellowish-gray in color with black stripes on its body and legs. The muzzle, throat, and neck are black. This hyena also has a long, erectile mane down its back.
Habitat:Dry savannas, bush country, semi deserts, deserts
Diet:Carnivore: carrion, young sheep and goats, small mammals, birds, lizards, snakes, insects
Reproduction:After a gestation period of 84 days, 2-4 young are born. Both parents help care for the pups. Striped hyenas can live up to 24 years old in captivity.
These animals are solitary except for breeding pairs during mating season.
Behavior:Striped hyenas establish their own home ranges and are nocturnal.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The ability of the stripped hyena to break up and digest dry bones is undoubtedly its major peculiarity.

Other Information

Geographic:Central Africa
Middle East
Southwestern Asia
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Striped hyena
Hyaena (Genus)
Hyenas
Hyaenidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals