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Marbled Polecat

Marbled Polecat
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Marbled Polecat Range Map (Europe & Asia)
Marbled Polecat Range Map (Europe & Asia)
Attribution: IUCN, species assessors & spatial data authors

Latin Name Vormela peregusna
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location S E Europe to W, C & E Asia
Colour Black with Pale Markings
Length 33 - 35 cms (13 - 14 inches)
Tail 12 - 22 cms (4.75 - 9 inches)
Weight 700 g (25 oz)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Marbled Polecats have a body length between 33 and 35 cms (13 - 14 inches), a tail length between 12 and 22 cms (4.75 - 9 inches) and they weigh approximately 700 g (25 oz).

They are black with variable white or yellowish markings and they have a black and white face mask.


Marbled Polecats can be found in steppes and dry open areas of south eastern Europe and Asia.


Marbled Polecats mainly feed on rodents, small hares, lizards, frogs, birds, insects and fruit.


Marbled Polecats give birth to a litter of 4 - 8 young. They are weaned at 50 - 54 days and disperse at 61 - 68 days old.


Subspecies of the Marbled Polecat include:

Vormela peregusna alpherakyi
Vormela peregusna euxina
Vormela peregusna negans
Vormela peregusna pallidor
Vormela peregusna peregusna
Vormela peregusna syriaca

Interesting Facts

Marbled Polecats are also known as:
Mottled Polecat
Syrian Marbled Polecat
Tiger Polecat

Similar Animals

Striped Polecat
Steppe Polecat
European Polecat
Saharan Striped Polecat


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