Marbled Polaecat ©Wikimedia Commons
Marbled Polecat ©Wikimedia Commons

Order Carnivora

Family Mustelidae

Scientific Name

Vormela peregusna

Thumbnail Description

Marbled polecats are most active during the morning and evening

Size and Weight

Adults:

BODY-LENGTH: 29–35 cm

WEIGHT: (males) 295 to 600 g (females) 320 to 715 g

Habitat

Open desert, semidesert, upland valleys, low hill ranges, steppe country, arid subtropical scrub forest

Distribution

Bulgaria, Georgia, Turkey, Romania, Asia Minor, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Afghanistan, north-western Pakistan, Yugoslavia

Diet

Ground squirrels, Libyan jirds (Meriones libycus), Armenian hamsters (Cricetulus migratorius), voles, mole rats (Spalax lecocon ehrenbergi), house mice (Mus musculus), small hares, birds, lizards, fish, frogs, snails, insects (beetles and crickets)

Reproduction

4 – 8

Population

Unknown

Lifespan

Unknown

Baby Name

Cubs

Speed

Unknown

Home Range

0.5- to 0.6-km2

Predators

Unknown

Sounds

Growls

Behavior

Aggressive

Conservation Status

Vulnerable

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