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Large-Spotted Genet

Large-Spotted Genet

Large-Spotted Genet Range Map (Africa)
Large-Spotted Genet Range Map (Africa)

Latin Name Genetta tigrina
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Africa
Colour Yellowish/Grey with Dark Markings
Length 49 - 60 cms (19.3 - 23.6 inches)
Tail 42 - 54 cms (16.5 - 21.3 inches)
Weight 1 - 3 Kgs (2.2 - 6.6 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Large-Spotted Genets have a body length between 49 and 60 cms (19.3 - 23.6 inches), a tail length between 42 and 54 cms (16.5 - 21.3 inches) and they weigh between 1 and 3 kgs (2.2 - 6.6 lbs).

They are yellowish/grey in colour with brown and black rosette markings and a banded tail. They have a dorsal stripe that runs from their head to their tail.

They can release a musky odour from their anal scent glands if they feel threatened or stressed, and they also use them to mark their territory.

They are active at night, solitary and are agile climbers. They communicate using cat-like vocalizations, including, purring, mewing, hissing and spitting.


Large-Spotted Genets can be found in woodlands, grasslands and agricultural areas of Africa.


Large-Spotted Genets mainly feed on rodents, birds, reptiles, invertebrates and fruit.


Little is known about reproduction in Large-Spotted Genets. Breeding takes place throughout the year and they have litters of 1 - 5 young.


Subspecies of the Large-Spotted Genet include:

Genetta tigrina methi
Genetta tigrina tigrina

Interesting Facts

Large-Spotted Genets are also known as:
Rusty-Spotted Genet
Blotched Genet
Cape Genet

Large-Spotted Genets are one of the species of genet that are kept as exotic pets.

Similar Animals

Common Genet
Panther Genet
Giant Genet
Aquatic Genet
Angolan Genet
Johnston's Genet
Crested Genet
Bourlon's Genet


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