Fishing Cats


Fishing Cat

photo source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name: Prionailurus viverrinus

Nicknames: none

Life Span: 10-12 years

Native Location/Habitat: Wetlands in Southeast Asia, including Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, China, northern India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Sumatra

Physical Attributes: Males, weighing about 25 lbs, are slightly larger than females who typically weigh 15 lbs. Fishing cats are usually between 25-34 inches from head to body. Fishing cats have a stocky build with gray base and solid black lines that run from their eyes, over their foreheads, and disseminate into smaller black spots along the spine. The distinct fishing cat ears are black on the back with a white spot in the center. Fishing cats have short legs and webbed feet with a broad head and round ears. They also have a flat tail to help with swimming.

Conservation Status: Endangered

There is one fishing cat at the Greensboro Science Center

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