The Fishing Cat

Scientific Name: Prionailurus viverrinus
IUCN Status: Endangered
Weight: 13-25 pounds

 

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Description:

The Fishing Cat’s closest relatives are the leopard cat, and more distantly, the flat-headed cat. Two subspecies are recognized, one from Java and one from the rest of their range which encompasses Asia and Sri Lanka. The Fishing Cat has a muscular body, stocky legs and a relatively short and well-muscled tail. Its feet are partially webbed and the large claws protrude from the chaw sheaths.

Prey:

The Fishing Cat’s diet is dominated by aquatic prey items, particularly fish and crustaceans, mollusks, amphibians and water-associated reptiles. Waterfowl and rodents make up a smaller portion of their diet.

Biology:

This is poorly known from the wild. In captivity gestation lasts 63-70 days and litter size is usually 1-3 kittens. There is evidence of seasonal breeding as kittens have been recorded from January through June in the wild.

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