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Prionailurus viverrinus

Themenwelt: Gondwanaland
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Thanks to their thick body and short legs, fishing cats are skilled swimmers. They even have small webs. The strong tail probably serves as paddle once in water. They catch fish and other water animals with their front paws or they catch them whilst swimming or diving. Fishing cats are loners and normally night-active.
Status according to Red List: endangered


Order predators, family cats


Fishes, frogs, crustaceans, mollusca, birds, reptiles and mammals up to the size of boars


Tropical and subtropical forests around lakes and lotic rivers, mangrove swamps


Mating all year round; gestation time: about 72 days, 1–4 young; young stay with the mother for 1 year; maximum age: 17 years

Status according to Red List/ distribution area

Vulnerable (VU)

Status according to Red List:Vulnerable (VU)

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