Catlike Species In The Wild

4 Catlike Species In Viverrid You Should See

What a catlike wildlife you may ask? Well it an animal with an appearance of a cat but with its unique behavior. These catlike species comes from the Viverridae family. The majority of viverrids have slender bodies, a long tail, and small legs that finish in four- or five-toed feet. With a tapering nose and short ears, the neck and head are often lengthened. The majority of animals have anal scent glands. Some viverrids are nocturnal, whereas others are diurnal. Many have two litters of two to four young per year. Life expectancy ranges between 5 and 15 years.

Unfortunately, Viverrids are among the least researched carnivores among other wildlife. They are rarely seen because they are little and solitary dwellers of woodlands and impenetrable vegetation. Furthermore, many species are restricted to islands or tiny areas.

Viverrids communicate mostly through scent. Perineal glands in civets produce a fluid that is kept in a pouch and used for scent marking. Viverrids are largely carnivorous, eating small rodents like mice and voles, birds and their eggs, reptiles, amphibians, fruits, nuts, and insects. Here we give 4 known catlike species in the Viverrid family.

1. Binturong


Binturong (Arctictis binturong), often known as bear cat or cat bear, is a civet-like carnivore found in Southeast Asia’s deep woods. BInturong has a body-of-a-bear-and-a-face-resemble-catlike species that too cute to ignore. Its range stretches southerly from Nepal, India, and Bhutan to the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java, and eastward to Borneo. It has long, shaggy hair, tufted ears, and a bushy, prehensile tail. The color is often black with a sprinkling of white.

2. Genet


Genet, any of the approximately 14 species of lithe catlike species and also omnivorous mammals in the genus Genetta, Viverridae family. Genets are short-legged elongate animals with long tapering tails, sharp noses, huge rounded ears, and retractile claws. Coloration varies across species, but is normally pale yellowish or greyish, with dark spots and stripes; the tail is black and white banded.

Genets are nocturnal creatures that live alone or in pairs. They live in forests, grasslands, and shrubs, and they are as agile in the trees as they are on the ground. They are predators on small mammals and birds. Litters often have two or three offspring.

3. Linsang

Linsang is either of three species of long-tailed, catlike species of the civet family. The African linsang, banded linsang, and spotted linsang are all different colors, yet they all look like elongated cats. They have thin bodies, somewhat narrow skulls, elongated muzzles, retractile claws, and dense, tight hair, and can grow to be 33–43 cm (13–17 in) long, omitting a banded tail almost as long.

All three species can be found in deep forests and jungles. The two Asian species are carnivorous, while the African linsang also consumes plant materials. All three species are arboreal and nocturnal. They typically have two litters per year, each with two or three pups.

4. Civet


Civet, often known as civet cat, any of many long-bodied, short-legged carnivores in the Viverridae family. There are around 15 to 20 species classified into 10 to 12 genera. Civets can be found throughout Africa, Europe, and Asia. They have a cat-like look, with a heavily furred tail, short ears, and a pointed snout.

Civets are mostly solitary creatures that live in tree hollows, amid rocks, and other similar habitats, only venturing out at night to forage. Civets eat small animals as well as plant debris. Their litters are normally two or three young.

Civet anal glands open under the tail forming a huge pouch that collects a greasy, musklike fluid. Animals use this substance to mark territory. Furthermore, coffee beans fermented within and excreted from the digestive tracts of civets in the Philippines and Indonesia are occasionally used to enhance the flavor of coffee.

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