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A note on feeding habits, Ectoparasites and measurements of the Black-Backed Jackal Canis Mesomelas from Addo Elephant National Park

A.J Hall-Martin, B. P Botha
Koedoe | Vol 23, No 1 | a642 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v23i1.642 | © 1980 A.J Hall-Martin, B. P Botha | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 December 1980 | Published: 02 December 1980

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A.J Hall-Martin, National Parks Board of Trustees, South Africa
B. P Botha, National Parks Board of Trustees, South Africa

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DsitSi from a small sample of black-backed jackals confined to the National Park indicated that they were opportunistic feeders taking various insects, molluscs, reptiles, birds, mammals and fruits as available. Raiding of ostrich Struthio camelus nests and the probable technique of egg-breaking is also recorded. Body measurements of these jackals fall with the range reported for this species in the Cape Province of South Africa. Observations on age indicate spring or early summer births.


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