Visible Male/Female Differences
Males larger than females.
Habitat and Distribution
Bushveld grassland near
Mostly rodents but also eats birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Occasionally
raids poultry pens.
Litters of up to three
are born in dens amongst long dense grass or under bushes during September-April
after a gestation of 65-75 days .
Behavior and Habits
Solitary or in pairs. Active during dusk and at night and until late morning. Prey is
located by sight or hearing and caught with high,
arching pounce. Birds may be snatched from the
air with spectacular jumps. They often play with their hapless prey items.
Territories 15-30 sq km overlap each other.
Both males and females scent mark with urine, and rub their faces on grass or
Growls, hisses, snarls and purrs.
Dung and Field sign
Dung is light grey, up to 2 cm in diameter and contains rodent
hair. Scratch marks on the ground near dung.