AnAge entry for Genetta genetta

Classification (HAGRID: 02712)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Carnivora
                Family: Viverridae
                    Genus: Genetta
Species
Genetta genetta
Common name
Small-spotted genet

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
22.7 years (captivity)
Source
ref. 671
Sample size
Medium
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

They appear to attain adult weight at about 2 years of age. One captive female was sexually mature at 4 years of age [0434], but anecdotal reports suggest they may become sexually mature at earlier ages. In captivity, one male was at least 22.7 years old when he died [0671]. There is one report suggesting they may live up to 34 years [0573], which is unlikely.

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
1,479 days
Male sexual maturity
Gestation
78 days
Weaning
62 days
Litter size
2 (viviparous)
Litters per year
2
Inter-litter interval
182 days
Weight at birth
77.75 g
Weight at weaning
Adult weight
1,867 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.0059 days-1 (from Gompertz function)
Maximum longevity residual
146%

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

External Resources

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ITIS 621991
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Taxonomy ID 94190
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