The Spotted Hyena

By Kansas Watts

The Spotted Hyena

Type: Mammal

Diet: Omnivore (eat wildebeest, antelope, birds, lizards, snakes, insects, etc...)

- often dine on leftovers of other predators

Size: Head and body, 34 to 59 in (86 to 150 cm); tail, 10 to 14 in (25 to 36 cm)

Weight: 110 to 190 lbs (50 to 86 kg)

Predators: lions, hunting dogs and strange hyenas are among the species that prey on hyenas.

Interesting Facts

- jaws are most powerful in proportion to their size of any mammal.

- can eat up to 35 pounds of meat at a single feeding.

- sometimes called "laughing hyenas" due to the unusual "cackle" sound.

Classification Order (kingdom/species) and Evolutionary Relationships


Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Hyaenidae

Genus: Crocuta

Species: crouta

Out of the three hyena species the spotted hyenas are the largest. Hyenas are actually related to cats rather than dogs.