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Jackals vary in size and color depending on the species. On average, they grow up to between 38 and 51 centimeters, or 15 and 20 inches, in height when measured at the shoulder. They will grow up to between 70 and 86 centimeters, or 27 and 34 inches, in length and they will weigh between 7 and 16 kilograms, or 15 and 35 pounds.

They have long legs and curved canine teeth, which makes them well adapted for hunting. They have large feet and fused leg bones, which gives them a good body for long distance running. They’re capable of running at speeds of 16 kilometers, or 9.9 miles, per hour for extended periods of time.

Jackals are nocturnal animals, which means that they’re most active during the night. During the day, they will conceal themselves in brushes or thickets and wait until dusk to hunt.

They’re known as opportunistic omnivores, which means that their diet is both plant and animal based. Their diet consists of small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, scavenged kills made by larger animals, insects, fruits and plants.

These animals live in pairs, or sometimes, in small packs. Living in a pack ensures some protection against predators and an easier time in hunting larger prey. However, their most common social unit is a monogamous pair.

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