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Large Spotted Genet

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: The large-spotted genet (Genetta tigrina) vaguely resemble a long, thin domestic cat, although the body is considerable longer. By day, it sleeps in abandoned burrows, rock crevices or hollow trees. The also habit high branches, often returning to the same spot each day. Genets also climb trees in search of birds and their eggs, but hunting is normally restricted to the ground. A nocturnal animal, it is common, but difficult to see.

Distribution: Genets live singly or in pairs in the riverine forests and dry scrub, savannah and open country. In Namibia they can be found in the north-east of the country, not far from the Kavango River and Caprivi areas. They are extremely agile climbers.

Diet: Their diet consists of small rodents, birds, reptiles, insects and fruits. As with domestic cats, they stalk prey by crouching flat on the ground and spit and growl when angered.

Colouring: Its long, coarse coat has a prominent crest along the spine and the tail is longer and bushier. The spots and other dark markings on the body, which are generally larger than the lesser-spotted genet, vary from almost black, with a sprinkling of rusty coloured hairs, to individuals that are an overall rusty colour. The tail is banded with 9 or 10 lighter rings, with a broadly black-tip.

Breeding: Young are born during the warm, wet months of the year, usually between August to March, averaging 3 per litter.

Size: Males weigh around 2kg and females slightly less with both being just under 1m in length from head to tail.

Wildlife Namibia

  • Namibian Wildlife: Large Spotted Genet
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