AFRICAN CIVET (Civettictis civetta) © Grant Atkinson
This is the photo that had me barking up the wrong tree. Looks like a raccoon, but not quite, doesn’t it? Body’s wrong but the face isn’t that far off.
The African Civet is a solitary mammal that is easily recognizable by its unique coloration; the black and white stripes and blotches covering the coarse pelage of the
animal are extremely variable and allow it to be cryptic. The black bands surrounding the African Civet’s eyes closely resemble those to the raccoon. Other distinguishing features of the African Civet are its disproportionately large hindquarters and its erectile dorsal crest.
The African Civet is an omnivorous generalist, taking small vertebrates, invertebrates, eggs, carrion, and vegetable matter. It is capable of taking on poisonous invertebrates (such as the millipedes most other species avoid) and snakes. Prey is primarily detected by smell and sound rather than by sight.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Civet
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