Striped Polecat, African Polecat or Zorilla [Ictonyx striatus] Appearance Polecats are close relatives of the African weasel, but differs in that it is larger, the coat hairs are longer, and that it has three characteristic white dots on the head. Head and body length is about 350 mm as an adult, with a 200 mm tail. Weighs between 6gr. The Saharan striped polecat, also known as the Saharan striped weasel, Libyan striped weasel, and the North African striped weasel (Ictonyx libycus) is a species of mammal in the family Mustelidae. This animal is sometimes characterized as being a part of the genus Poecilictis, and its coloration resembles that of the striped polecat.Class: Mammalia.
Amazing Facts About the Striped Polecat. Stripy polecat is also called ‘zorilla’, which comes from the Spanish word ‘zorro’ – ‘fox’. They look a lot like skunks, and live all around Africa. Striped polecats can live in most habitats, including open grassland, woodland, rocky areas, forests, and deserts. Striped Polecats feed on rodents, birds, snakes, frogs, lizards, insects and eggs. Breeding Little is known about reproduction in Striped Polecats. They produce litters of 1 - 4 young after a 5 - 6 week gestation period. Predators Larger carnivores, domestic dogs and .