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The black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas), also known as the silver-backed or red jackal, is a species of jackal which inhabits two areas of the African continent separated by roughly 900 km. One region includes the southernmost tip of the continent, including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. The other area is along the eastern coastline, including Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia.
Black-backed jackals are small, fox-like canids and are the smallest of the three species called jackal. They are monogamous and territorial animals. They are omnivores, which feed on invertebrates, such as beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, termites, millipedes, spiders and scorpions. They will also feed on mammals, such as rodents, hares and young antelopes, but also feed on carrion, lizards, and snakes. Occasionally they feed on fruits and berries.
Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/320 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 320
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