African servals, exotic cats as pets

Basic Serval Facts
Serval Size, Habitat, and Other Basics
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Servals have an amazing pouncing and leaping ability; they can jump as high as 10 feet in the air to catch birds. They can also pounce accurately on prey 3-12 feet away.

Servals have a very wide reported size range, from 18-40 pounds.

Servals are usually crepuscular, meaning their peak activity is between ten and eleven at night and four and five in the morning.

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This is a condensed version of information I've culled off of other internet sites and been given by breeders. Since there appear to be a limited number of studies done on these cats, and those have been quoted and probably misquoted ad nauseum, I would suggest that you avoid regarding eveything in this section as gospel.

Servals have a very wide reported size range, from 18-40 pounds. Head and body length is 2-3 feet, and they range from 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall at shoulders. Their tail length is 10-17 inches. The males tend to be larger than females. Servals can live 19-20 years in captivity.

Habitat: Servals are almost always found near water. Their reported habitats include savannas, reed-beds, open woodlands, bushlands and forests, grasslands, marsh, sub-alpine and bamboo forests. Tame servals enjoy playing with water, so be prepared to keep your toilet lid down!

Range: Although the serval's range includes a fairly large area of the African continent, they are closely associated with water and therefore populations tend to be scattered. The serval can be found in most parts of Africa. Exclusions are the arid desert regions to the north around the Sahara, parts of the western tip of Southern Africa and certain parts of the tropical rainforest belt of Central Africa. There is a rarely seen endangered northern subspecies.

Wild servals are quite common in rural areas of Africa and seem to be able to coexist with humans. Perhaps this has some relevence to the fact that servals seem to do so well as pets.

Servals are usually crepuscular, meaning their peak activity is between ten and eleven at night and four and five in the morning. My serval seems happy to sleep at night and play during the day.

Servals have an amazing pouncing and leaping ability; they can jump as high as 10 feet in the air to catch birds. They can also pounce accurately on prey 3-12 feet away.

These websites contain more details on wild servals:

Wild serval facts.

More wild serval facts.

More wild serval facts.

More Wild serval facts.




 

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Pet Serval Basic Facts - African Serval