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Latin name

 

Felis sylvestris lybica

Family

 

Smaller mammals

Size

 

Length (including tail) 85-100 cm

Weight

 

2,5 - 6,0 kg

Colour

 

Sandy or light grey in drier, western part of sub-continent, ranging to a much darker grey elsewhere, with lighter underparts. Body markings, which are reddish to grey-black, sometimes include a slightly darker spinal stripe; there are always six vertical dark bands on the flank, as well as horizontal dark bands on the legs, and rings on the tail, which has a black tip.

Appearance

 

The small spotted cat. The African wild cat, however, is bigger, longer-legged and less stocky than the small spotted cat with less-pronounced body markings, and stripes rather than spots.

Habitat

 

Semi-desert to forest, and from sea level up to about 1600m. Cover includes rocks, bushes, tall grasses, crops and disused aardvark burrows.