Family: Viverridae (civets and genets)

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Species indigenous to southern Africa

Subfamily: Viverrinae

Civettictis civetta (African civet)

Genetta genetta (Small-spotted genet)

A nocturnal carnivore with a varied diet that includes mainly invertebrates and small rodents but also reptiles, frogs, birds and wild fruits. Similar in appearance to the Large-spotted genet but spots are smaller and darker, the tail tip is usually white, the black-and-white facial markings are more prominent, the chin is dark and it has a crest of longer black-tipped along the spine that is raised when the animal is threatened.

Genetta tigrina (Large-spotted genet)

A nocturnal carnivore with a varied diet that includes mainly invertebrates and small rodents but also reptiles, frogs, birds and wild fruits. Similar in appearance to the Small-spotted genet but spots are larger and more rusty-brown, the tail tip is usually dark-brown to black, the black-and-white facial markings are less prominent, the chin is usually white, and it does not have a crest of longer black-tipped along the spine.

 


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