Thursday, October 30, 2014

RUSTY SPOTTED CATPrionailurus rubiginosus©Joachim S. Müller
The rusty-spotted cat is nocturnal and partly arboreal,  spending the day sleeping in dense cover or shelter such as hollow  logs. It feeds mainly on rodents and birds, but may also take lizards,  frogs, or insects.  They hunt primarily on the ground, making rapid,  darting movements to  catch their prey; they apparently venture into the  trees primarily to  escape larger predators rather than for food. As  with other cats, they  mark their territory by spraying urine.
Habitat loss and the spread of cultivation are serious problems for   wildlife in both India and Sri Lanka. Although there are several records   of rusty-spotted cats from cultivated and settled areas, it is not   known to what degree cat populations are able to persist in such areas.   There have been occasional reports of rusty-spotted cat skins in trade.   In some areas, they are hunted for food or as livestock pests.
Due to their affectionate nature they are taken in as a pet.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusty-spotted_Cat
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RUSTY SPOTTED CAT
Prionailurus rubiginosus

©Joachim S. Müller

The rusty-spotted cat is nocturnal and partly arboreal, spending the day sleeping in dense cover or shelter such as hollow logs. It feeds mainly on rodents and birds, but may also take lizards, frogs, or insects. They hunt primarily on the ground, making rapid, darting movements to catch their prey; they apparently venture into the trees primarily to escape larger predators rather than for food. As with other cats, they mark their territory by spraying urine.

Habitat loss and the spread of cultivation are serious problems for wildlife in both India and Sri Lanka. Although there are several records of rusty-spotted cats from cultivated and settled areas, it is not known to what degree cat populations are able to persist in such areas. There have been occasional reports of rusty-spotted cat skins in trade.   In some areas, they are hunted for food or as livestock pests.



Due to their affectionate nature they are taken in as a pet.

Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusty-spotted_Cat

Other photos you may enjoy:
Fishing Cat
Genet
African Wildcat

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