Silver Backed Jackal Female Skull Replica measures 4.2 inches. Male Skull is 6.8 in. Silver Backed Jackal Skulls are museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Cast of an original California Academy of Sciences specimen. Known as Black-Backed Jackal.

The Silver Backed Jackal is a canid native to two areas of Africa.

The Silver Backed Jackal has occupied eastern and southern Africa for at least 2 to 3 million years, as shown by fossil deposits in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa.

Specimens from fossil sites in Transvaal are almost identical to their modern counterparts, but have slightly different nasal bones.

Silver Backed Jackal is a fox-like canid with a slender body, long legs, and large ears.

It is similar to the closely related side-striped jackal and more distantly related to the golden jackal, though its skull and dentition are more robust and the incisors much sharper.

It weighs 13 to 29 lb., stands 15 to 19 in. at the shoulder, and measures 26.5 to 32.0 in. in body length.

Their base color is reddish brown to tan, which is particularly pronounced on the flanks and legs. A black saddle intermixed with silvery hair extends from the shoulders to the base of the tail.

A long, black stripe extending along the flanks separates the saddle from the rest of the body, and can be used to differentiate individuals.

The tail is bushy and tipped with black. The lips, throat, chest, and inner surface of the limbs are white.

The hair of the face measures 10 to 15 mm in length, and lengthens to 30 to 40 mm on the rump. The guard hairs of the back are 60 mm on the shoulder, decreasing to 40 mm at the base of the tail. The hairs of the tail are the longest, measuring 70 mm in length.

It is a fox-like animal that is a monogamous, whose young remain with the family to help raise new generations of pups. The Silver Backed Jackal has a wide array of food sources, feeding on small to medium-sized animals, as well as plant matter and human refuse.

Compared to members of the genus Canis, the Silver Backed Jackal is a very ancient species, and has changed little since the Pleistocene, being the most basal wolf-like canine, alongside the closely related side-striped jackal.

It is listed by the IUCN as least concern, due to its widespread range and adaptability, although it is still persecuted as a livestock predator and rabies vector.

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