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Striped Hyena

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Indian striped Hyenas are smallest among the other species of Hyenas.

It belongs to the class Mammalia and is from the family of Hyaenidae. Its genus is specified as Hyaena and order Carnivora. It is scientifically called as Hyaena hyaena.

Kingdom Animalia
SPhylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Hyaenidae
Genus Hyaena
Species  Hyaena hyaena 

Physical structure

Indian Striped hyenas have a brownish and grayish skin sheet called as fur covered over its body. Blackish shaded thick stripes are similar to stripes seen in a wild zebra and these are found in its legs, head and back, and in its torso which gives rise to the long fore limbs and short hind legs, that shows the torso in a slanting slope direction.


Its ears and muzzles are totally black, the ears even radiate heat as it is one of the climatic adaptable animal. It also has a smaller mane at its neck and top of its torso, which straightens whenever it starts threatening. The tail having a feathery look measures upto 20 cms and reaches the hooks.

The average weight of Indian striped Hyenas ranges from 30 to 40 kgs. They usually grow upto a height of 4 to 5 feet and its shoulder height may vary from 66 to 75 cm. The wild striped hyenas have a usual life span of 10 to 12 years and that may extend from 20 to 25 years if it is under captivity.


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