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Leptailurus serval

The Serval, also known as the Poor Man's Cheetah or the Mini Cheetah, ranges from 15 to 40 pounds, and up to 40 inches in height, and 2 feet in length. Tawny in color, with black spots, and tall bodies with long legs, they give the appearance of being related to the cheetah, however, they are not.

The Serval has a short tail with black stripes or rings around it. This is facinating, because their bodies have large, black spots, with black stripes on on the backs of their necks.

Servals originated in Africa. They enjoy hot coastal grasslands near watery areas, the sahara's, savanna woodlands and lowland mountain areas. Females are known to have their own territories up to 3 or 4 square miles, however, the males cover more than one females territory. The Serval is a superb preditor, which mainly kills rodents, lizards, rats, frogs, insects and small birds. They use their tall ears to seek out their prey in grasslands. Not being physically strong, their excellant hearing, and long legs enable them to spring into action with lightning speed. Being a solitaire animal, they are extremely self reliant.

A serval normally begins to breed at the age of 18 months to 2 years. Having a gestation period of approximately 74 days. Their litter size ranges anywhere from one to three kittens.

When raised from the bottle in captivity, these smaller, exotic cats can be excellant companions.

If you desire to own an exotic cat, we recommend this smaller, easier to raise species. Keep in mind, these are still in nature wild, and can not be truly domesticated.