Pit

Cryptoprocta ferox

Common name

Pit

Habitat

The fossa inhabits all forest areas of the island of Madagascar (wet and dry), from sea level to altitudes of 2600 meters.
Features

Family

Eupleridae

Medals

carnivora

Class

Mammalia

Gestation

90 days

Number of offspring

2–4

Preproduction

EEP

Diet

Madagascar's main predator, it feeds on small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Lemurs make up more than half of their diet.

Life

20 years

Biology and behavior

With reddish-brown fur, an elongated, muscular and agile body; The fossa is the largest endemic carnivore on Madagascar and the island's dominant predator. Its size is similar to that of two domestic cats and the male is slightly larger than the female. Its appearance is similar to that of a jungle cat, in fact, for a long time it was classified among felines, but it really descends from some type of civet.

It is primarily arboreal, although it is also comfortable on the ground. It can run at high speed and easily climb trees thanks to its powerful muscles, its long tail and strong retractable nails that serve as a grip. They are solitary and territorial animals. Both the female and the male mark their territory through secretions from powerful scent glands. They tend to be nocturnal, especially when hunting, as they have very keen vision, as well as sense of smell and hearing.

Man is the main predator of the fossa. He usually hunts her to prevent her from feeding on his livestock, such as guinea fowl, and other animals. This, together with the destruction of Madagascar's wild habitat, places the trench in a threatened state of conservation.

Some
curiosities

Females have a curious mating rite. A single female exclusively occupies a spot high in a tree and mates with several males for a week. Then another female carries out the same rite.

African savanna
Wetlands
africans
Habitats
Equatorial jungle
Madagascar Island