Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z is for Zorilla

The zorilla is also known as a striped polecat or African polecat. Now I thought a polecat was a skunk, but a zorilla is actually related to the weasel.  They do put out a smell when threatened but I read that it was not as bad as that of a skunk. This was the only picture I found free to use, but zorillas are usually black with white stripes going down the back.

I'm not quite sure why it got the name zorilla since it comes from the the Spanish word zorro which means fox. They live in Africa and are fairly small animals. They stand about 6 inches tall at the shoulder and including the tail are about 28 inches long. Their weight range is from 1 - 3 lbs.

(Zorilla or striped polecat)

Zorillas have very sharp teeth and eat small rodents, insects, snakes, birds and other small prey. When they are first born they can't see or hear and are pretty vulnerable. By the time they are 33 days old they have teeth. The mother stays close by until they are full grown which is when they reach 20 weeks of age. They may be small animals but are territorial and aggressive. 

Zorillas also make several different sounds when communicating with each other. They have been known to growl in warning, use high pitched screams when they are about to release their toxic spray, and use a vibrating scream which moves from high to low if they are about to surrender to an enemy. The young ones have their own sets of sounds to convey feelings of alarm or happiness.

You can find more information at WikipediaKruger National Park, or Animals Town.

Day 26, the final day of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!!!!!!

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