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Malagasy Civet

Malagasy Civet Range Map (Madagascar)
Malagasy Civet Range Map (Madagascar)

Latin Name Fossa fossana
Conservation Status Near Threatened
Location Madagascar
Colour Brown
Length 40 - 45 cms (15.75 - 17.75 inches)
Tail 21 - 25 cms (8.25 - 9.8 inches)
Weight 1.5 - 2 Kgs (3.3 - 4.4 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 11 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

Malagasy Civets have a body length between 40 and 45 cms (15.75 - 17.75 inches), a tail length between 21 and 25 cms (8.25 - 9.8 inches) and they weigh between 1.5 and 2 kgs (3.3 - 4.4 lbs).

They are tawny brown in colour with a light coloured underside and they have four rows of dark spots on their back.


Malagasy Civets can be found in the evergreen forests of Madagascar.


Civets mainly feed on small rodents, birds, reptiles, frogs and insects.


After a gestation period of 3 months, Malagasy Civets give birth to a single youngster. They are weaned at 2 - 3 months and they disperse at a year old.



There are no subspecies of the Malagasy Civet.

Interesting Facts

Malagasy Civets are also known as:
Malagasy Striped Civet
Striped Civet

Similar Animals

Ring-Tailed Mongoose
Brown-Tailed Mongoose
Giant-Striped Mongoose
Broad-Striped Mongoose
Narrow-Striped Mongoose

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