Saturday, May 31, 2014

Creature Feature #224: Fanaloka

The Fanaloka is a Malagasy civet, making her home in the eastern rainforests of Madagascar. She leads a solitary lifestyle, although will occasionally live in pairs. During the day she sleeps in a tree hollow or a den beneath rocks. At night she comes out to feed on small vertebrates, pursuing them up into the trees. She mates prior to the wet season, giving birth to a single youngster three months later. The kit is born fully furred, with open eyes, and is weaned at 10 weeks of age. Not a great deal is known about this creature, once considered to be a Viverid, but now found in her own Family, the Euplerids, along with the Fossa, the ringtailed mongoose and other Malagasy carnivores.

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