What Is a Spiral Horned Antelope?


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Spiral horned antelope, or Kudu, are mammals found living below the Sahara desert region in Africa. They are identified by their often tall and unique spiral patterned horns, which both the males and females can have. The horns on Kudu end up twisting into a spiral shape during growth because the material on the horns grows thinner and faster at certain times.

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Kudu usually live together in small herds in habitats such as savannas, thornbush, thick vegetation, and shrub and dry woodlands. Male Kudus, or bulls, are usually larger than their female counterparts, darker in color and usually have bigger horns. With eight different species in Africa, spiral horned antelope have a life expectancy of between 7 and 20 years.

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