Servals
BEHAVIOR

Servals are primarily solitary. They can be extremely aggressive if provoked and will often strike out with their fast paw strike. They will also hiss, growl, and even bark when they are angry. Servals have large ears that allow them to hear mice underground.

COLOR PATTERN
  • Yellow fur with dark spots
  • Black tipped tail
  • White spots on the backs of their ears (this is used to communicate to their kittens)

WHERE WE LIVE

Servals live in the savanna of Africa, among the tall grasses, always near a source of water. There have been a few melanistic (all black) servals seen in mountain areas or higher elevations.

WEIGHT
Serval
20-40 pounds

 

House Cat
12 pounds
LENGTH
Serval
23-39 inches long

A Man’s Stride
3 feet long
Bonus
Serval
A Serval’s paw strike is faster than a cobra strike- 1/60 of a second

 

Cobra
Can strike 1/10 of a second
WHAT WE EAT

OBLIGATE CARNIVORE

  • Snakes
  • Rodents
  • Rabbits
  • Birds

    Servals are keystone species because they help keep the rodent populations in check.

THREATS

  • Habitat Loss
    Servals are losing a lot of their habitat to farmers and urbanization.
  • Fur Trade
    Servals are killed for their pelt and it is sold at cheetah pelt
  • Retaliatory Killings
    Farmers will kill servals if they think they have taken their livestock
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