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Geoffroy Week: Geoffroy’s Cat (Leopardus geoffroyi)

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 by in Carnivores, Theme Weeks | 0 comments

Leopardus geoffroyi

Number 0430

Here is the penultimate representative of Geoffroy Week, of a Friday evening. It’s hailing outside and my house keeps losing power, so let’s keep it brief. Geoffroy’s cat, known as gato montés or gato-do-matogrande by its bipedal neighbors, lives in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. It was once known as the wood-cat, though it lives not only in forests but grasslands as well. It does appear to prefer scrubbier and denser habitats to the more open ones of the pampas, however. It’s a couple feet long, not counting the tail, and weighs 6 to 10 pounds or so: pretty much cat-sized. Geoffroy’s cat is mostly nocturnal with some crepuscular tendencies, and it likes hanging out in trees. It usually hunts small mammals like hares and guinea pigs, but it has also been known to eat fish and frogs, too.

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