Friday, March 17, 2017

A sleepy fossa cocks an eye...

The fossa is a carnivore from Madagascar. It is closely related to the mongoose, yet has physical traits like cats and civets. The fossa is the largest carnivore on Madagascar. Adults have a head-and=body length of 28 to 31 inches and weigh between 12 and 19 pounds. It has semiretractable claws and flexible ankles that allow it to climb down trees head-first.

The fossa is found in forested habitat, and eats lemurs, shrews, rodents, lizards, birds, and small mammals. They live about 10 years in the wild, double that in captivity. The fossa is rated as "vulnerable" by the IUCN.


sleepy fossa cocks an eye - Cleveland Zoo

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