Hyena (Spotted)

Hyena (Spotted) image. Being the largest, most common hyena in the area, it is easily recognized by its powerful build, with more developed forequarters than hindquarters, and a sloping back. Its reddish brown to tan coat showing darker spots grows lighter with age. The genders are not easy to tell apart as the genitalia are identically masculine in both sexes until puberty; adult males have a black, hairless scrotum, while the female mammae and urogenital opening are larger. In savanna habitats Spotted Hyenas are the most abundant large carnivores, hunting especially hoofed mammals, but also eating carrion. They live in large matrimonial clans, with the bigger females dominating the males, only some of which are permitted near the dens. There is much competition in the clan.

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