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Anatomy: Zorillas have long, thick black fur with white stripes. These mammals are about 13 to 15 inches (33-38 cm) long plus a whitish, bushy tail that is 8 to 12 inches (20-30 cm) long; they weigh 2 to 3 pounds (1 kg). The snout is long, the legs are short, and the feet have long, sturdy claws.
Diet: Zorillas are carnivores (meat-eaters). They eat insects, amphibians, reptiles, rodents, birds, and eggs. Zorillas hunt for some of their prey in the soil; they root around in the earth using long claws.
Predators: Zorillas are preyed upon by few animals. Most predators, like lions, are repulsed by the zorilla's foul-smelling spray.
Reproduction: Females give birth in a burrow, bearing two to three young after a five-week pregnancy.
Classification: Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, Class Mammalia (mammals), Order Carnivora, Family Mustelidae (weasels, ferrets, minks, skunks, otters, badgers), Genus Ictonyx, Species I. striatus.
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