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Side-Striped Jackal

Side-Striped Jackal Range Map (Africa)
Side-Striped Jackal Range Map (Africa)

Latin Name Canis adustus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location C, E & S Africa
Colour Grey/Yellow
Length 65 - 81 cm (26 - 32 inches)
Tail 30 - 41 cms (12 - 16 inches)
Weight 6.5 - 14 Kgs (14 - 31 lbs)
Life Expectancy

12 - 14 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

Side-Striped Jackals have a body length between 65 and 81 cms (26 - 32 inches), a tail length between 30 and 41 cms (12 - 16 inches) and they weigh between 6.5 and 14 kgs (14 - 31 lbs).

They are grey/yellow in colour with a pale coloured underside and light and dark stripes on their flanks.


Side-Striped Jackals are found in open country in central, eastern and southern Africa.


Side-Striped Jackals feed on rodents, birds, lizards, insects, eggs, carrion and refuse.


After a gestation period of 63 days, Side-Striped Jackals give birth to a litter of 3 - 6 young. They are weaned at 10 weeks old and they reach sexual maturity at 6 - 8 months old.


Humans are predators of Side-Striped Jackals.


There are six subspecies of the Side-Striped Jackal:

Canis adustus adustus
Canis adustus bweha
Canis adustus grayi
Canis adustus kaffensis
Canis adustus lateralis
Canis adustus notatus

Interesting Facts

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Red Wolf
Grey Wolf
African Wild Dog
Golden Jackal
Black-Backed Jackal


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