Genet

Scientific classification

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Mammalia

Order

Carnivora

Family

Viverridae

Description

The Genet is a medium size carnivore, slender, with short legs, a very long tail, a pointed muzzle and large, erect and triangular ears. It has thick, predominantly grey fur with black spots that form longitudinal stripes. The tail, which is very characteristic, has a similar size to the body and has 9 to 12 black rings.

 

They feed on birds and rodents. Also feed on reptiles, insects and fruit, depending on the characteristics of the habitat and the time of year.

 

The Genet is a climber. It occupies a wide variety of environments, from deciduous and mixed forests to rocky areas. Scrub areas near water courses are also preferred habitats.

 

It is a solitary and territorial animal. It has crepuscular or nocturnal habits, resting during the day in holes inside trees, in dense tree canopies or in areas of dense shrubbery. The latrines, used by various genets for several years, are used as a vehicle for marking territory and communicating between individuals. The genet is an agile animal that climbs and swims very well. When alarmed they emit cries of alarm.