Jackal

(Canis Aureus)

jackal

Jackals are a type of canine, animals that are related to dogs, coyotes, foxes and wolves. They look like a cross between a German shepherd and a fox. They have the fox’s small face, delicate legs and fluffy tail, with the German shepherd’s long, alert ears.

All three species are about the size of domestic dogs. They grow to 27 to 33 inches (70 to 85 centimeters) shoulder to rump, with a tail length of about 10 inches (25 cm).

The golden jackal likes it dry, in deserts, open savannas and arid grasslands. It is the northernmost species, living in North and East Africa, as well as southeastern Europe and South Asia to Burma.

Some jackals are social creatures, while others are not. Some live together in small groups called packs, while others live alone or in pairs. Packs typically include around six members.

Jackal pairs do everything together, including eating and sleeping. They are also very territorial and defend their territory as a team. They also hunt together.

Jackals are often both diurnal and nocturnal. This means that they are active during dawn, dusk and night. Side-striped jackals are the exception. They are strictly nocturnal.

As omnivores, jackals like to eat both meat and vegetation. Their diet consists of leftovers from other animals’ kills, ground-dwelling birds, reptiles, antelopes, fruits, insects, berries and grass. They’re not picky, though. They will also eat human trash if something more suitable isn’t available. Jackals will even eat decomposing or diseased flesh.

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Information collected from https://www.livescience.com/57654-jackal-facts.html

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