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Latin name

 

Ictonyx striatus

Family

 

Smaller mammals

Size

 

Length (including tail) 57-67 cm

Weight

 

0,5 - 1,4 kg

Colour

 

Overall body black with prominent pure white stripes running from top of head along back and sides to base of tail. Face, legs and underparts black, the face havig a white patch above the nose and a larger white patch on each side, between eye and ear.Tail mainly white but black of hair bases shows through.

Appearance

 

The striped weasel. However, the polecat is much larger and stouter, its body hair is longer, and its mainly white tail is bushier.

Habitat

 

All types of terrain, including arid plains, grassland, bush country, forest, rocky areas, mountains.