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African Civet -Animation

Scientific name: Civettictis Civetta

Afrikaans name: Afrikaanse Siwet

Swahili name: Fungo

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African Civet-Civetticus civetta

 The African Civet is a common viverrid that ranges across tropical Africa. Unlike many other members of the family, which resemble cats, the African Civet resembles a short dog-like animal. Its coarse coat varies but is usually an ornate pattern of black and white contrasting bands and blotches, with a white face mask and black eye patches (like that of a raccoon) and a pale muzzle. Like all civets it has perianal glands that produces a fluid known as civetone (used in the perfume industry), which it spreads on markers in its territory to claim its range.

 The African Civet is an omnivorous generalist, taking both small vertebrates, invertebrates, eggs, carrion, and vegetable matter. It is capable of taking on poisonous invertebrates (such as the millipedes most other species avoid) and snakes, and tackling large prey items like mongooses and hares. It forages by itself, and is a solitary animal that does not tolerate the presence of others of its species.

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