Common (spotted) genet

We can rotate our pinnae by 80 degrees!

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The common genet, widespread in Africa, was introduced to the Iberian Peninsula and France and is the only genet in Europe. Their tails are almost as long as their heads and bodies, usually from 40 to 50cm (15-20 in). Their head-to-body length ranges from 40 to 60cm (15 – 24 in).

Their iris is similar to the color of their fur, and their eyes are large with elliptical pupils. Their pinnae have delicate hair covering both inside and out. They can rotate the pinnae by around 80 degrees. Both smell and touch perception rely on their rhinarium.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Algeria
2015
Andorra
2015
Introduced
Angola
2015
Belgium
2015
Presence Uncertain, Introduced
Benin
2015
Botswana
2015
Burkina Faso
2015
Cameroon
2015
Central Af. Rep.
2015
Chad
2015
Côte D’ivoire
2015
Djibouti
2015
Egypt
2015
Eritrea
2015
Ethiopia
2015
France
2015
Introduced
Gambia
2015
Germany
2015
Presence Uncertain, Introduced
Ghana
2015
Guinea
2015
Italy
2015
Vagrant
Kenya
2015
Lesotho
2015
Libya
2015
Mali
2015
Mauritania
2015
Morocco
2015
Mozambique
2015
Namibia
2015
Netherlands
2015
Presence Uncertain, Introduced
Niger
2015
Nigeria
2015
Oman
2015
Portugal
2015
Introduced
Saudi Arabia
2015
Senegal
2015
Somalia
2015
South Africa
2015
Spain
2015
Introduced: Mainland
Sudan
2015
Switzerland
2015
Presence Uncertain, Introduced
Tanzania
2015
Togo
2015
Tunisia
2015
Uganda
2015
Yemen
2015
Zambia
2015
Zimbabwe
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No