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Quick Facts
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Viverridae
Genus: Cryptoprocta
Species: ferox

Height: 14 inches
Length: 60 inches
Weight: 45 lbs
Gestation: 90 days
Offspring: 2 - 4
Life Span: 20 years

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Cryptoprocta ferox

Fossa are the largest meat-eater on the island of Madagascar. They are most closely related to civets and mongoose. They have excellent climbing abilities and will often chase lemurs through the trees. They have a blunt, catlike face with long whiskers and rounded ears. They are covered with short, thick fur that is usually a reddish brown in color. However, black animals are not uncommon. Fossa also have short, curved, retractable claws. Fossa also possess scent glandWhat does gland mean? which they use to mark their territory.

Fossa are meat-eaters and their diet includes small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects.

Fossa inhabit the forested areas of Madagascar. They range from the coastal areas to the mountainous areas up to 6500 feet.

The fossa’s only predatorWhat does predator mean? is man.

Fossa are shy animals usually active in the evening or at night. They will move around occasionally during the day. They are solitaryWhat does solitary mean? except for during the mating season. They are also not very aggressive during the mating season. During mating season they will come together in fights that start out with aggressive body language and sounds and end up with each combatant trying to bite the other into submission.

Young fossa are born weighing approximately 3 ounces. They are blind and toothless but do have fur. Young fossa are weanedWhat does weaned mean? at 4.5 months and leave the denWhat does den mean? for the first time. They will stay with their mother until they are 15 to 20 months old.

Fossa have excellent senses of sight, hearing, and smell.

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