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Howl With the Hyenas Trivia

Priya Johnson Nov 11, 2020
Is your knowledge about hyenas confined to just Lion King, or do you really know these fascinating creatures? Let's find out...
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Although hyenas are closer to cats than dogs taxonomically, they don't belong to the cat or dog family. They come under a completely different family Hyaenidae.
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Hyenas have a reputation of being ardent scavengers. However, they are actually efficient hunters and polish off large animals as a group, leaving hardly anything behind.
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Hyenas are categorized into four species: brown, striped, spotted, and aardwolf. They vary in size, with the spotted being the largest and aardwolf being the smallest.
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Hyenas polish off their prey inside out, hoof to bone. The high content of collagen in their diets gives their poop its distinctive white color.
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Hyenas are extremely social and live in organized clans, each containing around 80-130 hyenas. Females live in the same clan for life, but the males leave and find a new clan to live.
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Hyenas were believed to be hermaphrodites because females possess a pseudo penis.
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Aardwolf hyenas are insectivorous and primarily feed on termites. The toxic substance termites release seems to have no effect on them.
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Hyena live in a matriarchal society like the elephants. The females have three times more testosterone levels than the males and are larger and stronger.
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Hyenas use all kinds of complex voice calls to communicate with their clans. The distinctive 'laugh' is actually a sign of distress or anxiety. It is also indicative of their age and social status.
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The mother gives birth to her cubs mostly in an underground den. They are born with their eyes closed and pitch black coat. After 2-3 weeks, spots begin to appear.
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Hyenas come under some of the longest living terrestrial carnivores. They can comfortably enter their twenties in the wild.
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The oldest hyena to be recorded till date is the 41-year-old spotted hyena that was bred in captivity.
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