ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Facts About Hyenas

Updated on June 8, 2016
Clan of Hyenas
Clan of Hyenas

The hyena is Africa's most common large carnivore.

Hyenas and lions often hunt the same prey and fight over the same territories. This leads to fierce competition between the two animals. Beside stealing each oher's food, they also kill off the young of their enemies.

Spotted hyenas are the largest of three hyena species (35 inches in height and 90 pounds in weight). Striped and brown hyenas are the other two. Females are larger, more aggressive, more muscular, and more dominant than males. This is because the females actually have more testosterone.

Male and female striped hyenas are similar in appearance, however, males are slightly larger.

Although hyenas appear similar to dogs, these animals are actually more closely related to cats

Hyenas vs lions
Hyenas vs lions

Spotted hyenas have good hearing and sharp eyesight at night. Hyenas are also fast and can run for long distances without tiring. Hyenas don't need to drink a lot of water, not only that, they can go days without water if needed.

A group of hyenas can devour an entire zebra - even the bones, just in under half an hour. However, they often fight and hurt each other over the remains of their meals.

Unique to hyenas are their amazing bone-crushing teeth. So much bone material they consume that their droppings have a chalky white color.

Spotted hyenas hunt and kill in packs. Different with many people believe, 95% of what hyenas eat comes from their own hunting. Of course, striped hyenas are a different story – they live off of carrion.

Spotted Hyenas, also known as the laughing hyena, make a lot of noises and sounds. They use various postures, sounds and signals to communicate with one another. Laughter is one of the most characteristic sounds they produce, this sound alerts other hyenas that new food source is found.

Hyena crushing bones
Hyena crushing bones

Female hyenas have only two nipples, and therefore litters of more than two have to fight to survive. Only the females give birth and takes care of their cubs.

Hyenas are both hunters and scavengers. They are also nocturnal animals (hunt at night). These cannibals have one of the strongest bites in the animal kingdom.

Hyenas often hunt in a group. When they hunt they typically hunt gazelles, zebras, and wildebeests. However, they also will hunt young hippos, snakes, fish and even elephants. Hyenas eat very fast and the fastest hyena gets the most food.

Hyenas are difficult to tame

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)