The Genet

Genets are mammals and belong to the civet family. Almost 30 subspecies of genets can be found in Africa, Europe and Middle East. They mostly inhabit forests, rocky hillsides, marshes, agricultural lands, and scrublands.

They are fairly small animals at about 16 to 22 inches in length and can weigh 3.25 to 5.5 pounds. Males are larger than the females. The genet has a small head, pointed muzzle, large eyes, rounded ears and slender body with short legs. They have a yellowish brown or pale grey fur covered with black dots that are arranged in 3 to 4 rows on its back. Their tales have black rings with a white tip.

The genet has retractable claws on its feet that enable them to climb trees with ease. They are carnivore (meat-eaters), and their diets consist of small mammals, birds, lizards, and insects.

The genet is a solitary animal and very territorial. Their territory occupies about 3.1 miles, and territories of the opposite sex often overlap. Males mark their territory with urine, females with scent. Their natural enemies are leopards, pythons, owls and humans.

The genet can survive up to 8 years in the wild and around 13 years in captivity. These animals are threatened by habitat loss and hunt because of their fur and body parts that are used in folk medicine. Despite these factors, common genets are not endangered. They are still widespread and numerous in the wild.
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