Spotted hyenas are powerfully built predators. They have massive necks and large heads topped by rounded ears, unlike the related but smaller striped hyena and brown hyena. Their jaws are probably the strongest in relation to size of any mammal. Their long front legs give their backs a downward slope. They have a coarse, sandy, yellowish or gray coat with black or dark brown spots over most of the body. Spotted hyenas measure 3–5 feet from head to tail and weigh 100–150 pounds. Females are larger than males.
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