Common Genets Inhabit Many Parts of the World

The common genet is a medium-sized mammal that is one of nine members of the viverridae family.

The common genet has large eyes, round tipped ears, and long whiskers. It also has white markings on its cheeks, muzzle, and around the upper part of its eyes. On its back, there is a black line of fur that goes all the way down to the tip of its tail, which has a black ring pattern. The genet has four canine teeth as well as carnassials—also known as cheek teeth—to rip off chunks of meat from its prey. Their paws have five toes with retractable claws. Its fur is yellow and grey with black spots all over it.

The common genet lives in Africa, the Middle East, some parts of Europe, Spain, and the Balearic Islands. In France, the common genet ranges from the southwest all the way north to the River Loire.

As a nocturnal predator, the common genet’s diet consists of reptiles, birds, insects, and carrion. In Europe, its mating season lasts from January to March, but in Africa, it is all year long. A female genet is pregnant for about 10 to 11 weeks and can only have one to four young in her life. In captivity, the genet can live up to 14 years.

While the common genet has many cat-like features, it is completely unrelated to cats. They actually have more of a relation with civets, fossas, and mongooses.

[Source: The Encyclopedia of Animals]