|Weight||mean= 9.4 kg (20.7 lb)||mean= 6.2 (13.7 lb)|
|Head & Body Length||mean= 724 mm (2.4 ft)||mean= 636 mm (2.1 ft)|
|Tail Length||143-230 mm (0.5-0.8 ft)||152-190 mm (0.5-0.6 ft)|
Body measurements from Begg et al. (2003b); Vanderhaar and Hwang (2003)
General description (from Vanderhaar and Hwang 2003 unless otherwise noted)
Body shape (from Vanderhaar and Hwang 2003 unless otherwise noted)
Facial characteristics (from Vanderhaar and Hwang 2003)
Adult pelage (from Vanderhaar and Hwang 2003)
Size dimorphism (from Begg et al. 2005b unless otherwise noted)
This small carnivore is fierce. The black and white hairs of this species overlie tough, thick, and extremely loose skin. It's skin help provide protection from potential predators and dangerous prey (including the highly venomous puff ader and Cape cobra).
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Begg et al. (2003b)
Begg et al. (2005b)
Vanderhaar and Hwang (2003)