Viverridae | Viverrids

Viverridae is a family comprised of 38 species of small to medium sized carnivorous mammals with a long tail. Viverridae typically have bands, stripes, or spots adorning their bodies, retractable claws, and glands capable of producing a foul odor to ward off enemies. Viverrids are commonly called civets or genets and seem to have originated from Madagascar where there are quite a few native species. These carnivores tend to be nocturnal and many civets hunt small vertebrate, insects, worms, and mollusks. Despite there being a generally large number of existing genets, there is not much known about the habits of these creatures.

What is the largest viverrid?

The two largest species of viverrids are the African civet and the fossa of Madagascar. Both of these species can reach a weigh of 44 lbs (20 kg). The African Civet can reach a length of between 2.2 to 2.8 feet (0.67 – 0.85 m). The Fossa of Madagascar typically reaches a length of 2.4 ft (0.73 m).

What are viverrids?

The Viverridae family is made up by 35 species of small Old-World mammals. These viverrids include the civet, fossa, binturong, genet, and linsang. Viverrids are typically medium-sized with long bodies and short legs. Their weight typically ranges between 2.2 – 30.86 lbs (1 kg to 14 kg).

Where do viverrids live?

Viverrids typically live in forests and dense vegetation. Viverrids are native to Southern Europe, Africa, Asia, as well as Indonesia and the Philippines. Viverrids live in diverse habitats ranging from rain forests to woodlands, savannas, and mountains. Some viverrids are mainly arboreal, some are terrestrial, and some species are aquatic.

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Hyenas are cat-like carnivorous mammals that are essential scavengers within the African ecosystem. Living together in large communal groups (clans) of up to 80, hyenas are known for feeding on the remains leftover by other predators though they are also skilled hunters of wildebeest, antelope, snakes, birds, lizards, and insects.

The average Hyena has an overall height of 38.0” (97 cm), withers height of 29.5”-33.5” (75-85 cm), and body length of 47.0”-59.0” (120-150 cm). A typical Hyena weighs between 110-190 lb (50-86 kg) and has a lifespan of roughly 25 years.

Various elevation drawings of Hyenas representing positions from the side, front, back, and laying down
Hyenas are cat-like carnivorous mammals within the African ecosystem. Living together in large communal clans, hyenas are known for feeding on the remains leftover by other predators.

The average Hyena has an overall height of 38.0” (97 cm), withers height of 29.5”-33.5” (75-85 cm), and body length of 47.0”-59.0” (120-150 cm). A typical Hyena weighs between 110-190 lb (50-86 kg) and has a lifespan of roughly 25 years.

Various elevation drawings of Hyenas representing positions from the side, front, back, and laying down
Hyena
Height:
38.0” | 97 cm
Width:
Length:
47.0”-59.0” | 120-150 cm
Depth:
29.5”-33.5” | 75-85 cm
Weight:
110-190 lb | 50-86 kg
Area:
Crocuta crocuta
Lifespan
25 years

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Hyena side profile, front, back, side (laying down)

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