Today I want to write about a really cool small predator, the fossa.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These amazing animals grow up to 70 cm long, with a tail that is even longer. They are the largest predators on Madagascar.
- They look a lot like cats, but are a member of the same family as civets and genets.
- Fossa are excellent climbers, using their retractable claws to grip trees and long tails to balance as they hunt their prey, which includes lemurs, tenrecs, rodents, birds and reptiles.
- They usually live by themselves except during the breeding season, when groups of up to 8 males will gather at the bottom of a tree to try to get the attention of a female at the top of the tree. The female gives birth to 2-6 babies, which are blind and hairless at birth.
- Fossas are found in the forests of Madagascar. They are considered vulnerable to extinction due to loss of habitat.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about fossas?