Malagasy civet (Fossa Fossana)
The Malagasy or striped civet is an euplerid endemic to Madagascar. It is a small mammal: about 47 cm excluding the tail (which is only about 20 cm) and 2.5 kg. It has the appearance and movements of a small fox. It is nocturnal, though sources disagree over whether it is solitary or, unusual among euplerids, lives in pairs. It is not a good climber and frequents ravines. It eats small vertebrates (mammals, reptiles, and amphibians), insects, and eggs stolen from birds’ nests. Though threatened by deforestation, hunting and competition from introduced species, the Malagasy civet is locally common.
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