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Serval
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Felis serval
Family Name:
Felidae
Location:
W.,C., and E.Africa. Along vegetated riverbanks and streams.
Size:
23 1/2-39 in.
( 60- 100 cm )
Weight:
20-40lb
( 9-18 kg )
Social Unit:
Solitary
Gestation:
73 days
Birth:
2
Diet:
small mammals, birds, fish, arthropods and amphibians.
 
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Serval

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Serval Description
  Resembling a small Cheetah, with its slim body and long limbs, the Serval has a yellow coat with dark spots that tend to merge into longitudinal stripes on the back and head. It's large ears are rounded, and its tail has several dark rings and a black tip The male Serval cats are generally larger than the females.
Preferring to live among reeds fringing wetlands, this cat hunts rats, birds, fish, frogs, and large insects such as locusts.Servals usually hunt at dusk, it's long neck and legs, raising its head above the tall grass, allowing it to spot its prey.
Once the prey is located, the Serval can leap up to 13ft ( 4 m ) horizontally, and 3 1/4 ft ( 1 m ) vertically, to strike it's victum with its forepaws. It uses a shrill cry to communicate, and also growls and purrs.
Servals help farmers, since they prey on locusts and rats and rarely hunt livestock.
Due to their concentration along riverbanks, they are exposed to the dangers of being hunted, and habitat loss.
 
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