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Genet

Genetta angolensis
Genet

Range

The genet lives in Africa.

Habitat

The genet lives in many habitats of Africa from forest and scrubland to savannah and desert.

Body Traits

Their spotted fur acts as camouflage. They have a long striped tail and are very cat-like in their ability to stalk and climb trees after prey. They actually purr when stalking prey! In fact they are not cats, but actually are in the same family as the mongoose. They can get as large as 6 pounds and as long as 3 feet, though almost half of that length is tail.

Habits

They are nocturnal and travel alone (solitary).

Diet

They are mostly carnivores, hunting small animals and insects, but also will eat fruit.

Predators

Their main predator is man.

Reproduction

Every year they have two litters, with two or three young each. Females are pregnant for 2.5 months (about 75 days) (gestation).

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

They live about 8 years in the wild. They are listed as Lower Risk - Least Concern.

Genet

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Viverridae
Subfamily: Viverrinae
Genus: Genetta
Species: Genetta angolensis
 

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