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Common Genet

Common Genet

Common Genet Range Map (Europe, Africa, & Middle East)
Common Genet Range Map
(Europe, Africa, & Middle East)

Latin Name Genetta genetta
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Africa, W Europe & Middle East
Colour Yellowish/Grey with Black markings
Length 40 - 55 cms (16 - 22 inches)
Tail 40 - 51 cms (16 - 20 inches)
Weight 1.5 - 2.5 Kgs (3.25 - 5.5 lbs)
Life Expectancy

13 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Common Genets have a body length between 40 and 55 cms (16 - 22 inches), a tail length between 40 and 51 cms (16 - 20 inches) and they weigh between 1.5 and 2.5 kgs (3.25 - 5.5 lbs).

They are yellowish/grey in colour with small, dark spots on their body and stripes on their tail. They have retractable claws and they are excellent climbers.


Common Genets are the most widespread species of genet and they can be found in forested areas of Europe, Africa and in parts of the middle east. They are solitary and nocturnal.


Common Genets feed on a variety of small mammals, birds, lizards, amphibians, insects, fruits and eggs.


After a gestation period of 70 days, a litter of 2 - 3 young are born. They are weaned at 8 weeks old and reach sexual maturity at 2 years of age.


Predators of Common Genets include owls, snakes and leopards.


Many subspecies of the Common Genet have been described, but many are under debate as to their validity. The subspecies include:

Genetta genetta afra
Genetta genetta dongolana
Genetta genetta felina
Genetta genetta genetta
Genetta genetta senegalensis

Interesting Facts

Common Genets are also known as:
Small-Spotted Genet
European Genet

Similar Animals

Angolan Genet
Panther Genet
Giant Genet
Aquatic Genet
Large-Spotted Genet
Servaline Genet
Thierry's Genet
Abyssinian Genet


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