The Marbled Polecat is a tiny, long-tailed rodent with an unusual coat pattern. The fur on the back and flanks is dark brown or grayish brown; the underparts are white; and there are alternating dark and light stripes along its sides. It has small ears, large eyes, short whiskers, and a pointed nose with prominent nostrils. Its tail is about one-third of its body length (ranging from 4 to 8 inches). They measure between 9 to 11 inches in length including their tails.
The Marbled polecat prefers habitats that have dense vegetation for protection against predators such as birds of prey or carnivores like foxes or feral cats.