What kind of animal is Fossa? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat Can you see it in Japan?


What kind of animal is Fossa? We will explain its characteristics, ecology, and habitat. This cat-like animal is an endemic species that can only be seen on the island of Madagascar, making its existence itself extremely rare. In the first place, the number of individuals is very small, so it is designated as an endangered species.

What is Fossa? About basic status

The Fossa is a mammal belonging to the Malagasy mongoose family and the genus Fossa. The scientific name is Cryptoprocta ferox. The body length is 61-80cm and the weight is 5-10kg. Shoulder height 37cm, tail length 65-90cm. The list of information is as follows.

scientific name(学名)Cryptoprocta ferox
classification(分類)Mammalia、Carnivora、 Eupleridae、Cryptoprocta

About habitat

Fossa is endemic to Madagascar.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

Fossa is distributed throughout the forest regions of Madagascar. They range from mountains to forests. The largest carnivore in Madagascar. The coat color is reddish brown or dark brown, and the hair is soft and short. Fossa are active during the day and night and usually live alone. They are also territorial and are very similar to cats. For this reason, they were once considered part of the feline family.

What is your personality like?

Fossa is very cat-like, as it was once classified as a feline. Like cats, they prefer to be alone and have a capricious personality.

What does the ecology look like?

Fossas have excellent sight, hearing, and smell, allowing them to quickly catch prey such as mice. They also eat insects, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. The mode of reproduction is viviparous. The gestation period is 90 days, and it is possible to give birth to one or two cubs at a time. The breastfeeding period is approximately 4 months. The lifespan is said to be 20 years.

Are there any natural enemies?

It is the largest carnivore in Madagascar, meaning it is the top animal and has no natural enemies.

Is the fossa an endangered species?

Fossa is an endangered species. Overfishing is a problem because they are sometimes eaten as food in their native habitat. Furthermore, because they sometimes attack domestic poultry, they are exterminated as pests and their numbers continue to decline. It is listed in CITES and is considered endangered.

Can Fossa be kept as a pet?

Fossas are an endangered species and cannot be kept by the general public. We recommend viewing them at zoos and other locations, and asking them to show you around at events.


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