Tuesday, June 1, 2010

JUNGLE CAT | Felis chaus Guldenstaedt

Cryptic animals and difficult to sight directly. Indirect signs can be seen frequently in the forests and in the outskirts of villages.

Scientific name :Felis chaus Gueldenstaedtii

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Felis
Species: F. chaus
Binomial name: Felis chaus

Local name : Kattu poocha.

Habitat : Prefers dry open forest areas with grassland and scrub jungle and near forest villages.

Indirect evidences : Pug marks and scats.

Distribution : No detailed data available, but reported from most of the wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala.

Faecal matters Colour : Grey to black.

Size : 13 mm to 17 mm.

Pugmark Size : Smaller than that of leopard with a width of about 2 to 3 cm.

Habit : Often come to villages for poultry.

Where to look for the indirect evidences : Near the forest roads, tree holes and under the culverts.

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