Small Spotted Genet (Genetta genetta)
Least Concern (LC)
Elongated body with short legs; white ringed tail which is the same length as the head and body; spotted body with dark central dorsal band from shoulders to base of tail; pointed muzzle; round erect ears; body mostly white/grey with dark brown/black/rust coloured spots – depending on area.
||1.5 - 2.6 kg
||body length of 86 - 100 cm; tail length of 40 - 50 cm
||+- 20 years
Mainly nocturnal; great climbers but hunts on the ground; Mostly solitary, pairs are mostly seen during mating; lies up in trees during daytime, but more common in holes in the ground and rocky refuges; Less arboreal than the Large Spotted Genet; Emit heavy musky odor when under stress.
||Warm, wet summer months from September to March; generally once a year.
|Number of offspring
||2 - 4 young
Wide habitat tolerance, from desert margins to high rainfall areas; Woodland Savanna, Dry grassland, habitat requirements included shrubs, underbush, rocky outcrops which they use as shelters.
Omnivorous – feeding mostly on insects, mice, birds and small reptiles. Fruits sometimes play a secondary role. Can be problematic in areas where there is poultry.
Owls, leopards, pythons, humans
Small Spotted Genet at Naankuse sites