Poecilogale Skull Replica measures 2×2 inches. Poecilogale Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Known as African Striped Weasel. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

African striped weasels inhabit much of Africa south of the equator. They are found from the Democratic Republic of the Congo across to Kenya in the north, and as far south as southern South Africa.

Within this region, they are most common in savannah habitats, but may also be found in forests and grasslands. They commonly live below 4,900 ft. elevation, but may occasionally be found as high as 7,200 ft.

The Poecilogale one of the smallest mammalian carnivores in Africa, and has an elongated body and short legs. Adults have a head-body length of 11 to 13 in., with the tail adding 6.3 to 7.9 in.

The fur is mostly black, with four white to pale yellowish bands running down the back, a white patch on the top of the head, and a white tail.

The Poecilogale is generally solitary, but individuals sometimes pair up to dig burrows. They are very effective diggers, but sometimes rest in natural cavities such as hollow logs or rock crevices.

African striped weasels are nocturnal hunters of small mammals, birds, and reptiles, but feed almost entirely on rodents of their own size or smaller.

The weasels hunt primarily by scent, attacking prey with a sudden lunge and striking at the back of the neck.

Males are aggressive when they encounter one another, fluffing their tails, making short cries, and fake charges, and then escalating to fighting with bites, shaking, and aggressive shrieks if neither individual retreats.

Poecilogale have been identified as making six different types of calls. Apart from the warning and aggressive calls mentioned above, and a third call that transitions between the two, there is a call that signals submission of a retreating male, a call that indicates surrender during a fight.

Poecilogale also have a greeting call used only between males and females and between young and their mother. Young weasels also make distress calls when separated from their mother.

Poecilogale mating occurs between spring and summer, and includes at least three bouts of copulation, each lasting 60 to 80 minutes, in a single 24-hour period. Females give birth to a single litter of two or three young after a gestation period of 30 days.

The young Poecilogale are born in a burrow, and are initially blind and hairless, weighing just 0.14 oz. each. Their canine teeth erupt at 5 weeks, and their eyes open after 7 weeks.

By 11 weeks of age, they are weaned, and they start killing their own prey at 13 weeks. Poecilogale reach the full adult size at 20 weeks, and are sexually mature at 8 months.