Fossa Cryptoprocta ferox

Fossa are the largest meat-eater on the island of Madagascar. They are most closely related to civets and mongoose. They have excellent climbing abilities and will often chase lemurs through the trees. They have a blunt, catlike face with long whiskers and rounded ears.

They are covered with short, thick fur that is usually a reddish brown in color. However, black animals are not uncommon. Fossa also have short, curved, retractable claws. Fossa also possess scent gland which they use to mark their territory.

Food

Fossa are meat-eaters and their diet includes small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects.

Habitat

Fossa inhabit the forested areas of Madagascar. They range from the coastal areas to the mountainous areas up to 6500 feet.

Predators

The fossa’s only predator is man.

Social Structure

Fossa are shy animals usually active in the evening or at night. They will move around occasionally during the day. They are solitary except for during the mating season. They are also not very aggressive during the mating season. During mating season they will come together in fights that start out with aggressive body language and sounds and end up with each combatant trying to bite the other into submission.

Birth & Offspring

Young fossa are born weighing approximately 3 ounces. They are blind and toothless but do have fur. Young fossa are weaned at 4.5 months and leave the den for the first time. They will stay with their mother until they are 15 to 20 months old.

Senses

Fossa have excellent senses of sight, hearing, and smell.

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