Polecat (Ictonyx striatus)
Least Concern (LC)
Small mammal with long hair; black and white vertical markings with a bushy tail. 4 white vertical marking along back with a white patch between the eyes and base of each ear.
||10-15cm shoulder height. 57-67cm length
Strictly nocturnal, found singly or in pairs or family groups. They either excavate their own burrows, or use those of other species for shelter. If startled or provoked, they will adopt a defensive posture with their rump towards the aggressor, back arched and tail erect.
Usually solitary, but also travels in pairs or family groups.
||Spring and summer months.
|Number of offspring
||1-5 young born in summer months.
Found in all major habitat types.
Rodents, reptiles, insects, birds, frogs.
Medium to larger carnivores such as jackal and caracal, as well as large birds of prey. Predators however risk being sprayed with a foul-smelling liquid if not cautious.
Polecat at Naankuse sites