The common genet is a carnivore common throughout Africa, which is related to the civet and mongoose. Nocturnal, shy, and secretive, the slender small-spotted genet features black marks on the face. Spots on the genet’s back are in parallel lines, becoming elongated towards the tail, which sports distinct black rings.
Like cats, they have retractable claws, and climb trees to hunt birds. However, they also spend much time on the ground hunting prey and taking shelter in escarpments and rocky outcrop.
These animals tend to live where there is a plentiful supply of its favorite prey – the wood mouse.
Genets are omnivorous and will feed on insects and fruits, smaller mammals, birds, eggs, rodents and even amphibians such as frogs
Common throughout most of the African continent, from forestry environments to grassland
The Genet enjoys a lifespan of around 13 years
They are 84 – 105cm in length including their tails, which are almost as long as their bodies
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