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African Civet

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African Civet is the vernacular name of the Civettictis civetta, a species of Civettictis.

  • geographic area: Africa

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Google previewInternational Wildlife Encyclopedia: Chickaree - crabs (2002)

by Maurice Burton, Robert Burton

The African civet is both common and widespread, but its acute senses and solitary, nocturnal habits help it avoid contact with humans. Most clams have hinged shells that protect the soft parts. There are 17 species of civets, although " civet" is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food and Color Additives (1997)

by George A. Burdock

African civet contains approximately 1.0% skatole.

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

laager African cat cheetah, leopard, lion African charm greegree, grigri, gris- gris African civet genet, meerkat African clawed toad xenopus African cloth measure jacktan African country Angola, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, ...

Google previewThe New International Encyclopaedia (1918)

by Frank Moore Colby, Talcott Williams

There are several species of civet, of which the best known is the common or African civet (Viverra civetta) of northern Africa, from 2 to 3 feet long, brownish gray, with numerous black bands and spots. The civet preys on birds, small ...

Google previewChambers's encyclopaedia (1896)

civctta, the African civet or civet cat ; from V. zibetta, the Indian civet of Bengal, China, and the Malayan region ; from V. tangahinga, similar in distribution to the last ; and from Viverricula ...

Google previewManding-English Dictionary. (2015)

Maninka, Bamana Vol. 1. by Vydrine, Valentin

n Viverra civetta, Civettictis civetta civet cat , African civet /carnivore nocturnal animal, size of a medium-sized dog, dark-grey and blackish-brown to black, lives solitarily, sometimes catches domestic poultry and cats, produces a strong smelling ...

Google previewEncyclopedia Britannica (1910)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information by Hugh Chisholm

civetta, the African civet, or civet-cat, as it is commonly called, an animal rather larger than a fox, and an inhabitant of intratropical Africa ...

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African Civet

African Civet (Civettictis civetta)

The African civet, native to the savannas and forests of central and southern Africa, has short, dense fur that is a grayish color, with black spots arranged in rows along their bodies. Their legs and about 2/3 of their tail is black, with about a third of the base of their tail having striped markings. Their face is solid grey except for a white muzzle and black markings around the eyes that lead down the face. Their long necks have bars of white and black running down the sides, usually one white bar enclosed by two black bars, one above and one below. They have a short mane of about 1-4 inches (3-10 cm) in length that runs along their back. This mane becomes erect when the animal is frightened. They have 40 teeth. They have five digits on each paw with non-retractable claws. They have six mammae.

The African civet is omnivorous. It will eat a variety of fruits, carrion, insects, rodents, eggs, reptiles, and birds. They are able to consume animals and plants that are poisonous to most other animals, such as the Stychnos fruit, certain species of millipedes, and carrion that is decayed and pungent. The African civet does not use its paws to catch food; instead it picks it up with its teeth. Small mammals are usually killed by shaking them violently until their neck snaps.

African civets are primarily nocturnal, but can be seen during the day in cloudy weather and in the early mornings. The peak hours of their activity is from a couple hours before sunset until about midnight. They sleep in dense grass during the day. This civet, like most others, is solitary except during the mating season. They mark territories by pressing the glands located on their lower abdomen against a raised object. These civets also have special dung piles, or civetries, located near the edges of their territories. They make four distinct sounds: growls, coughing-spit, scream, and a "ha-ha-ha" sound used to locate other civets.

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