Genetta – Genets

These African natives are the only viverrids that can stand on their rear legs

Genets are tiny cat-like creatures with slender bodies, long banded tails, big ears, a pointed snout, and claws that may be partially retracted. They have melanistic genets and speckled hair. They have anal sacs and musk glands. The spines of all genet species carry a black stripe. Genets are quick-reacting animals with excellent climbing abilities.

They are the only viverrids capable of standing on their back legs. They go from tree to tree by walking, trotting, running, climbing, and jumping. They ingest plants, fruit, insects, and small animals and are omnivores.