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Ring tailed Skerval

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Ring tailed Skerval
-Cauda anulum Skerval

Diet & Predators
Diet
-Rodents, birds, reptiles, fish, frogs and insects.

Predators
-Wild dogs, leopards and humans




Male or Female

You are able to tell the difference by the black rings on the Ring tailed Skervals tail.
-Females have a brown tipped tail and 6 rings which enables them to camouflage with the heather and shrubs when looking after their cubs.
- Males have black tipped tail and 7 black rings. They are more aggressive and rather than camouflaging themselves will hunt and initiate attacks while they are hunting.

Ring Tailed Skervals have a special call that no other animal can hear. They use this call when they sense danger is near. This noise is created in the back of their throat and it is short, sharp and extremely high pitched.
Habitat
The Ring Tailed Skerval lives in the Mediterranean forest. This is located in the fynbos
(a distinctive type of vegetation found only on the southern tip of Africa. It includes a wide range of plant species, particularly small heather like trees and shrubs)
of South Africa, and forest in parts of California.
The animals in this area have to cope with hot dry summers, contrasting with mild wetter winters. Bush fires are a common occurrence around this area. Many animals and plants have already adapted to being scorched. Some animals rely on fire to clear out other competitors.

Behaviour
Ring Tailed Skerval mate for life. They live in family packs.
When females reach maturity they then call for a male mate usually when aged 12-18 months.
Males will ward off predators when the female is out hunting for food for their cubs.



How do they protect themselves?
The Ring Tailed Skerval is able to play dead and eject a foul odour into the air from in between its hind legs.
However its main form of defence is the spiky hair which it shoots from the tail to maim its predator, causing taste buds to swell, jaw to spasm (for a short term only), short term blindness and extreme itching allowing the Skerval to get away.
Mrs Gren
Movement
- The Skerval like cats and dogs moves with each opposite leg ( Left front leg and right back leg )at a time.
Respiratory
- The Skerval is a mammal so breathes oxygen. They get their energy from food and can go for up to 3 weeks without any food although water is critical during the summer when days are hot and dry.
Senses
- Skervals have a large hearing span, they can hear prey in the undergrowth. They have 360 degree eye rotation and they eyes do not work in sync. They have a less likely probability of being eaten.
They have sharp claws so can climb trees and dig into ground when extremely hot and dry.

Mrs Gren
Grow
- 10-20 years in the wild or 15-23 years in captivity.
Reproduce
- Ring Tailed Skerval mate for life. They live in family packs.
When females reach maturity they then call for a male mate usually when aged 12-18 months.
Males will ward off predators when the female is out hunting for food for their cubs.
Excrete
- Ring Tailed Skerval excrete by sweating when they are running. They also urinate and poo getting rid of their waste they same as humans. They burp after a meal to get rid of any excess food in their throat.
Nutrition
- The Ring Tailed Skerval is a carnivore. They store water during the hot summers as water is scarce. They store water in between their two front legs just above the lungs. Here the water is kept cool. Water can be stored for up to 3 weeks.
Animal kingdom
Common name- Ring Tailed Skerval
Kingdom- Animalia
Phylum- Chordata
Class- Mammalia
Order- Carnivora
Family- Felidae
Species- Cauda anulum

Life cycle
CUB
MATURE CUB
ADULT
MATE
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