Several types of genets live in East Africa from arid regions to forests. The common genet is about a foot long (tail not included). They have long tails and spots that are rounded and elongated. Genets also have retractable claws adapted to climbing and catching prey.
“Genets are mainly nocturnal but are often spotted during the day in the rainy season. Although considered arboreal, they spend much time on the ground hunting prey and taking shelter in escarpments and rocky outcrops. Genets can squeeze their slender, flexible bodies through any opening larger than their head. They also climb trees to hunt nesting or roosting birds. Female gents are thought to be territorial, as they generally return to the same area if captured and released, while males do not.”
“Genets mature in 2 years and live about 8 years in the wild. Much longer life spans have been recorded in captivity.”
“The genet is classified as a carnivore, but it actually is omnivorous and will eat whatever is most available. This can be small mammals (especially rodents, shrews, and bats), birds, and their eggs, frogs, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions and various fruit. Genets have the reputation or being wasteful killers, often eating just the head or breast of their prey. Some species have adapted to cultivated areas and human settlements, where they have developed a taste for poultry.” (African Wildlife Foundation)
Recently genets have become popular pets, selling for $1400 for a youngster. Fish and Game found Luke at a residence advertising him for sale on Craig’s List.
See our video link for a “Wild Justice” episode on his confiscation.