Unknown in the wild; up to 20 years under human care
|Number of young at birth:||
|Age of maturity:||
About 4 years
Up to 31 in long, tail length: 27 to 35 in long
|Weight:||Females, 11 to 15 lbs; males, 13 to 22 lbs|
|Size at birth:||3 to 3.5 oz|
|Description:||Has paws with claws like a cat, a long tail like a monkey, and round ears like a weasel. Its coat is short, usually a rich brown color with a golden tinge. The fossa’s tail makes up about half of the animal’s length.|
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- Range: Madagascar
- Habitat: Rain forest and savanna
- Climbing high up into trees and jump from branch to branch, the fossa can climb down the tree headfirst using its claws.
- Fossas nap and hunt day or night depending on mood or circumstance.
- The fossa is solitary except during the breeding season
- The fossa is a carnivore and preys on small to medium sized animals from fish to birds.
- The fossa is one of the top predators on the island of Madagascar.
- Fossas have scent glands that release a stinky smell when the animal is irritated or frightened.