Fishing Cat

Fishing Cat Prionailurus viverrinus

Type of Animal:

Swamps, marshland, oxbow lakes, reed beds, tidal creeks, mangroves, rivers, streams, dense grassland, tropical/subtropical forest, scrub

Densely vegetated areas of S.W. India & Sri Lanka through S. Himalayas to Bangladesh, Burma, Indochina, & S.E. China. Also found in Java & Sumatra. Almost always found near water.

Fairly stocky build, olive-gray coloration w/ blackish rows of spots along w/ some stripes & short tail, somewhat short legs, males have squarer head than females, otherwise sexes look very similar.

Fish, snails, crabs, crayfish, snakes, frogs, toads, birds, domestic dogs, domestic calves, domestic goats, domestic piglets, chital fawns, civets, rodents, rabbits, hares, primates, otters, carrion, grass

Status in Wild:

Breeding in zoos & wildlife centers


Additional Info:


Male-18-31 lbs
Female-11-20 lbs
Young-2-2.25 lbs

2 months

1.16 ft

Body Length:
Male-2.3 ft
Female-2.2 ft

Life Span:
10 years in wild, 12 years in captivity

Tail Length:
Male- 0.76-1.15 ft
Female- 0.73-1.1 ft

Main predators are crocodiles & large pythons.

Threatened due to habitat loss, pollution, pesticides, pet trade, human encroachment, deforestation, hunting for fur, & persecution as a killer of goats, poultry, & calves.

Kittens leave mom at age of 10 months.

They’re very territorial & fights sometimes result in death.

To attract fish, they tap the surface of the water.

Territory marked w/ urine & spray.

Like many cats, they’re nocturnal.

They’re known to be very elusive.

Fun Fact(s):
DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THEIR CUTE APPEARANCE-There have been several documented cases of mothers w/ kittens driving off packs of dogs & severely injuring humans. In one instance, a large male got through a partition and killed a female leopard in a neighboring enclosure.

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