I'd like to create a land-based mammal that uses its electricity NOT for navigation or hunting, but only as a defense (enough to stun creatures approximately its own size or marginally larger, without killing them).
The proposed characteristics of my creature:
- it is 2 feet in height (at the shoulder) and a faculative scavenger and small-creature predator (though it doesn't use its electrical discharge when hunting)
- it discharges electricity with modified muscle tissue surrounding ONLY its back (similar to that of an electric catfish)
- it directs the electricity to its hair which scrapes a bit of charge into static electricity: some of it sticks to the hair, some of it could shed into ionized air. When it discharges electricity, sparks and a crackling sound are produced.
Are there other important characteristics? Is there anything contradictory in what I've already proposed?