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Re: African Civet

Unread postby Emily86 » Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:59 pm

AFRICAN CIVET
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family: Viverridae
Subfamily:Viverrinae
Genus:Civettictis
Species:C. civetta
The African Civet is a member of the viverridae family native to Africa.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 produce 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 such as mongooses and hares. It forages by itself, and is a mostly solitary animal that avoids the presence of others of its species.

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Re: African Civet

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:46 pm

We have seen one crossing the road near Satara. Unfortunately no pics.
He was very shy and it was raining too.
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Re: African Civet

Unread postby Donny » Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:07 pm

Was on a sunset drive in Satara on Saturday night. Did the S100 & only thing of note that we saw was a civet.

My 1st ever , unforgettable !

Pics not too good bcoz of light.
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Re: African Civet

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:55 pm

Punda Maria Hide over looking the little dam :D Saw two civet there, aswel as Genet and Buffalo one night.

Seen civet on various night drives, and one came and ate some chicken heads and feet that some guy was throwing over the fence at Satara while I was looking for Barred Owlet-----Unfortunate that he was breaking the rules, but still an unforgettable experience watching a civet sitting in the open for an hour or so, less then 5 metres away, until it was later chased away by a Spottie! :D
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Re: African Civet

Unread postby wingman » Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:50 pm

There is a pair of civets active most nights below below the verandah at the Lowwer Sabie Shop I saw them 4 nights in a row while staying there in September mostly about 21h00.

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Re: African Civet

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:36 pm

I went on a night ride from Biyamiti one night and my dad, Jerry Hattrick, chose to stay behind to do a braai. When I got back and told him of the ride, and I then asked him if he had seen anything. He told me there was nothing except this b&*&%y cat that was snooping around the braai, but he chased it off. I told him there were no domestic cats in Kruger, and asked him to describe it. He had chased off a civet!
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Re: African Civet

Unread postby Dotty » Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:34 pm

Lovely pics ...I believe I saw one at Oliphants but the photo I got is so dark...point and shoot camera ,very early morning and I don't know how to doctor the picture :( but here it is perhaps one of you clever people can sort it out..

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Re: African Civet

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:05 am

Dotty, Great sighting regardless of the dark photo :thumbs_up:
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Re: African Civet

Unread postby Freda » Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:06 am

This one visited us every night at safari tent #2 at Punda, 24th - 26th Oct :D
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Re: African Civet

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:41 pm

Very nice photo there Freda!! :twisted: A beautiful creature that Civet is!!!
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Re: African Civet

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:24 pm

Some of the best sightings are INSIDE the camps - great shot Freda, did you see the story about JH above?

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Re: African Civet

Unread postby Viewfinder » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:21 am

Just testing photo posting - saw this one in KNP last year July. No face, but shows the markings quite beautifully

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Re: African Civet

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:53 am

for a test... what a test :dance:

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Re: African Civet

Unread postby Shushin » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:26 pm

Superb sighting :thumbs_up: I always think Civit are all the wrong proportions short legs for body etc
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Re: African Civet

Unread postby Viewfinder » Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:50 am

Thanks for the nice comments! This was my first encounter with a civet and did indeed find him/her quite interesting and a bit out of proportion as you mentioned Shushin! :lol: I was intrigued by the beautiful markings though!


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