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Kruger National Park Safari
Kruger Park Safari
Kruger National Park Safaris

Name

Common Genet [Genetta genetta]

Appearance

The common Genet is a bit smaller than the Greater Genet. The markings of the common genet are more distinct than that of the Greater Genet. Its tail is white at the tip with a dirty white colouring of the coat. It has black spots that create a line from the head to the tail. It has a crest of black fur running down its back with white patches around the eyes. It has alternating black and white rings on its tail.

Diet

The Common Genet has a diet that consists mostly of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and birds. It has been recorded that the Common genet eats less fruit than the Greater Genet.

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Breeding

The Common genet gives birth to two litters a year each containing 2-3 young. The Common Genet has a gestation period of 75 days. The young are able to consume solid foods after only a week of being born but still suckle on their mothers.

Behaviour

The Common Genet are mostly solitary animals that are rarely seen in pairs which is mostly during mating season. They tend to inhabit woodland areas and riverine areas. It stays in the trees during the day but can also be found in holes. Common Genets are found up in trees during the day and are a welcome surprise during a Kruger Park Safari.

Habitat

The Common Genet prefers Woodland areas as well as riverine areas to call home.

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