The spotted hyena lives in nearly all of the African continent's habitats. These include grasslands, savannas, woodlands, mountains, forest edges and subdeserts. Spotted hyenas are larger than striped hyenas and brown hyenas.
Hyenas are most active at night, as they have excellent night vision and exceptional hearing. Their hips are closer to the ground than their shoulders, causing their backs to slope slightly downward. They can grow to be up to 190 pounds. They are great hunters but scavenge for food and eat decomposing matter if necessary. They have strong digestive tracts that allow them to break down tough skin and bones for nutrients. Spotted hyenas form clans with up to 80 individuals that all contribute to hunting, raising young and protecting territory.