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Golden Jackal

Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order : Carnivora
Family : Canidae
Genus : Canis
Species : C.aureus
Zoological name : Canis aureus
Found In Bandhavgarh National Park and Bandipur National Park in India

Golden Jackal Physical appearance : Golden Jackal are 70- 85 cm long and weigh around 8 -10 kg. They are golden yellowish in colour with a reddish tail having a black tip. The tail itself measures upto 9 -14 inches. It has white mark on its throat and the back of the ears is darker in colour. Males are usually larger than the females.

Presence in India : Golden Jackal are found in Kutch , Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Haryana.It can also be spotted in the Bandhavgarh and Bandipur National Park

Habitat : Golden Jackal are found in the variety of habitats. They are mostly spotted in the semi- desert, evergreen forests, savannas and agricultural areas.

Diet : Golden Jackal are omnivorous. They feed on small mammals, insects, hares, fish, birds and fruits.

Reproduction : Gestation period rests for nine weeks. Females give birth to 3-6 pubs. During pregancy males go out in search of food and the females rest at home. They weigh around 200 -250 g at birth. They open their eyes in about ten days. They are weaned in 4- 6 weeks. The females are sexually mature than in less than a year, the males closer to the two years.

Conservation status : Not threatened

Lifespan : Golden Jackal lives upto 14-16 years of age.

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