African Civet pictures and information – Download free African Civet images and photo. The African civet is the largest representative of the African Viverridae. It is the sole member of its genus. African civets can be found from coast to coast across sub-Saharan Africa.
Scientific name: Civettictis civetta
Mass: 28 lbs (Adult)
Lifespan: 15 – 20 y
Height: 16 in. (Adult, At Shoulder)
Higher classification: Civettictis
Tail length: 13 – 19 in. (Adult)
The African civet is an omnivorous generalist, taking 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. Prey is primarily detected by smell and sound rather than by sight.
Like all civets it has perineal glands that produce a fluid known as civet, which it spreads on markers in its territory to claim its range. It is used in the perfume industry.
Some civets, such as the African civet and the Congo water civet, are semiaquatic. Although most civets live on the ground, palm civets are found in trees and eat fruit.