Striped Hyena Female Skull
The Striped Hyena is native to arid regions of northern and central Africa as well as portions of southeast Asia. Striped hyenas are primarily carnivorous, feeding on scavenged carrion and small vertebrates, but will occasionally supplement their diet with fruit.
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Striped Hyena Female Skull measures 9.2 inches. Striped Hyena Female Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Made in USA. Hyaena hyaena is the scientific name. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
The Striped hyena is a species of hyena native to North and East Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. It is the smallest of the true hyenas, having a smaller and less specialized skull. Though primarily a scavenger, large specimens have been known to kill their own prey, and attacks on humans have occurred on rare instances.
The striped hyena is a monogamous animal, with both males and females assisting one another in raising their cubs. A nocturnal animal, the striped hyena typically only emerges in complete darkness, and is quick to return to its lair before sunrise.
Although it has a habit of feigning death when attacked, it has been known to stand its ground against larger predators in disputes over food.
The skull is entirely typical of the genus, having a very high sagittal crest, a shortened facial region and an inflated frontal bone. The skull of the striped hyena differs from that of the brown and spotted hyena by its smaller size and slightly less massive build.
It is nonetheless still powerfully structured and well adapted to anchoring exceptionally strong jaw muscles which give it enough bite-force to splinter a camel’s thigh bone. The dentition is overall smaller than that of the spotted hyena, the upper molar of the striped hyena is far larger.
The striped hyena is primarily a scavenger which feeds mainly on ungulate carcasses in different stages of decomposition, fresh bones, cartilages, ligaments and bone marrow. It crushes long bones into fine particles and swallows them, though sometimes entire bones are eaten whole. The striped hyena is not a fussy eater, though it has an aversion to vulture flesh.
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