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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Large-spotted Genet

Afrikaans name: Grootkolmuskejaatkat

Large Spotted Genet

Large-spotted Genets are nocturnal creatures

Photo © Steven Herbert

Genetta tigrina

Interesting facts about Genets

The Large-spotted Genet is sometimes called the Cape Genet or Blotched Genet. This small carnivore can be found over much of Africa as far north as Senegal and Somalia.

Large-spotted Genets feed on small food items such as small rodents, birds, insects and scorpions. They may also eat wild fruits at times.

They are a nocturnal species and are likely to be seen singly. They are found in areas with lots of vegetation.

Females normally give birth to 3 young during summer. The young become independent after a year or so.

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References and further reading

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 102

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 77

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 38

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 144

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 248

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 2001 - Page: 144

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 77

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 301

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 116

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 116

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 29

Questions and Answers - Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Year Published: 1990 - Page: 17

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 418

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 75

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1996 - Page: 66

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 321

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 206

List of South African Mammals

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