The fanaloka is a small nocturnal animal native to Madagascar. It is also known as malagasy, striped civet and jabady. It is one of the animals that start with alphabet F. Below are fast facts.

  • Type: Mammal
  • Scientific Name: Fossa Fossana
  • Higher Classification: Fossa
  • Conservation Status: Vulnerable
  • Weight: 1.5 – 2 kg
  • Length: Up to 19 inches without tail
  • Gestation Period: 82 – 89  days
  • Average Litter Size: 1
  • Average life span: 21 years
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Preys: Vertebrates, Insects, Aquatic animals, Birds egg
  • Predators: Human, Dogs
  • Habitat: Tropical rain forest


It is the only member of genus fossa. It is about the size of a domestic cat. Its legs are short and thin. It normally spends the day sleeping in hollow trees, fallen logs or in crevices. It can store fat in its tail to consume later in winter. It is shy and secretive. Males and females form pairs and defend large shared territory. The mating occurs in August and September. It gives birth to only a single young.

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