Fossa Binturong Civet and Genet
The Viverridae is a family of small to medium-sized mammals, the viverrids , comprising 15 genera, which are subdivided into 38 species. Genets are the most common members of this family that we see.
|Life span||12–20 years in captivity|
|Head and body: 16.5–23.0 in (42–58 cm) Tail: 15–21 in (39–53 cm)
2.2–6.6 lb (1–3 kg)
- Family Viverridae, Subfamily Viverrinae, Genus Genetta, 3 subgenera, up to 17 recognized species.
- The common, small-spotted or European genet (G. genetta) and the large-spotted, blotched, caped or South African genet (G. tigrina) are the most common species that we see.
- Genets are long-bodied, short-legged carnivores with pointed snouts and large rounded ears.
- They have a dense hair coat of variable coloration (gray to yellow with rows of brown or black spots) and a very long banded tail. Melanistic individuals are not uncommon.
- Genets have a prominent dorsal crest of hair that they can erect when frightened.
- They have 2 pair of mammae and 40 teeth (I 3/3, C 1/1, PM 4/4, M 2/2).
- They have 5 digits on both front and hind feet with wellfurred soles and partially retractable claws.
We would strongly recommend to owners that a preventative medicine is formulated specific to their animal(s) and their husbandry conditions. This can be drawn up by us after a first health check. It should include a plan for
- Worms treatment/prevention
- External parasite treatment
- Dietary plan
- Social groupings
- Reproductive plan