Reproduction: The female has a large clitoris. There may be four teats (female
spotted hyena) or 6 teats (female striped hyena). The striped hyena breeds
throughout the year. Litter size is 1-6 young. The gestation period varies form 90
to 110 days. The young weigh about 1.6 kg. Young are nursed for about one year.
Behaviour: Hyena has earned bad reputation for its habit of eating carrion. They
are master scavengers and eat any item that remains untouched by other animals.
The sense of smell is well developed. Hyenas are nocturnal, though they may be
active by day. They are solitary animals. However, hunting takes place in packs.
Hyena is famous for its "laughing call". In India, the striped hyena is reputed for
its habit of predating of livestock and occasionally lifting of child.
Life span: The life span has been reported up to 20 years or more in the wild depending on the species.