African Civet mammal

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The African Civet is a large species of Civet found across sub-Saharan Africa. The African Civet is the only remaining member in it's genetic group and is considered to be the largest Civet-like animal on the African continent. Despite their cat-like appearance and behaviours the African Civets are not felines at all but are in fact, more closely related to other small carnivores including Weasels and Mongooses. The African Civet is most well known for the musk that it secretes to mark it's territory (called  Civetone ), which has been used in the manufacturing of perfumes for centuries, and it's striking black and white markings, make the African Civet one of the easiest Civet species to identify.





Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Viverridae
Genus: Civettictis
Scientific Name: Civettictis civetta
Common Name: African Civet
Group: Mammal
Number Of Species: 1
Location: across sub-Saharan Africa
Habitat: Tropical rainforest
Colour: Black, White, Grey, Yellow, Brown, Tan
Skin Type: Fur
Size (H): 43cm - 71cm (17in - 28in)
Weight: 1.4kg - 4.5kg (3lbs - 10lbs)
Diet: Omnivore
Prey: Rodents, Snakes, Frogs
Predators: Lions, Snakes, Leopards
Lifestyle: Nocturnal
Group Behaviour: Solitary
Life Span: 15 - 20 years
Age Of Sexual Maturity: 11 - 12 months
Gestation Period: 60 - 70 days
Average Litter Size: 3
Name Of Young: Pup
Age Of Weaning: 8 - 10 weeks


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