Animal Size

Black-backed jackal size: How big do they get?

How big does a Black-backed jackal get? Here is an overview over the average adult age:

A grown Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) reaches an average size of 70.9 cm (2′ 4″).

When born, they have an average size of 0 cm (0′ 0″). During their lifetime of about 14 years, they grow from 177 grams (0.39 lbs) to 8.29 kg (18.27 lbs). A Black-backed jackal has 3 babies at once. The Black-backed jackal (genus: Canis) is a member of the family Canidae.

As a reference: Humans reach an average body size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) while carrying 62 kg (137 lbs). A human woman is pregnant for 280 days (40 weeks) and on average become 75 years old.

The average adult size of a Black-backed jackal is  (2' 4

The black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas or Lupulella mesomelas) is a canine native to eastern and southern Africa. These regions are separated by roughly 900 kilometers.One region includes the southernmost tip of the continent, including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. The other area is along the eastern coastline, including Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Ethiopia. It is listed by the IUCN as least concern, due to its widespread range and adaptability, although it is still persecuted as a livestock predator and rabies vector.Compared to other members of the genus Canis, the black-backed jackal is a very ancient species, and has changed little since the Pleistocene, being the most basal wolf-like canine, alongside the closely related side-striped jackal. It is a fox-like animal with a reddish brown to tan coat and a black saddle that extends from the shoulders to the base of the tail. It is a monogamous animal, whose young may remain with the family to help raise new generations of pups. The black-backed jackal is not a fussy eater, and feeds on small to medium-sized animals, as well as plant matter and human refuse.

Animals of the same family as a Black-backed jackal

We found other animals of the Canidae family:

Animals with the same size as a Black-backed jackal

Not that size really matters, but it makes things comparable. So here are a couple of animals that are as big as Black-backed jackal:

Animals with the same litter size as a Black-backed jackal

Here is a list of animals that have the same number of babies per litter (3) as a Black-backed jackal:

Animals with the same life expectancy as a Black-backed jackal

Completely different animals, but becoming as old as a Black-backed jackal:

Animals with the same weight as a Black-backed jackal

As a comparison, here are some other animals that weight as much as the Canis mesomelas: