Scattered areas throughout southwest India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, Sumatra, Java and Pakistan.
Wetland areas including marshes, swamps, mangroves and densely vegetated areas along rivers and streams.
- Fishing cats have a head-body length of 25-34 inches (63-86 cm) with a 12 inch (30 cm) tail.
- They weigh 13-26 pounds (6-12 kg).
- Exhibit sexual dimorphism; males are larger than females.
- Their fur is olive gray in color with dark spots arranged in longitudinal stripes down the back and a ringed tail tipped in black.
- They have six to eight distinctive dark lines running from above the eyes between the ears over the head to the neck.
- They have a stocky build with short legs.
- They have a flat nosed face, short round ears and short whiskers.
- They have webbed paws with claws that extend past the claw sheath.
What Does It Eat?
In the wild: Fish, frogs, crawfish, snails, crustaceans, snakes, toads, birds, rodents and small domestic livestock.
At the zoo: Special feline diet and fish????
What Eats It?
Fishing cats are solitary except mating pairs and females with kittens. There are unconfirmed reports that males may help with the care and supervision of the young.
Little is known about the social and reproductive behavior of this elusive cat. Both males and females are sexually mature by about 10 months of age. Females call to attract males for mating. Fishing cats generally breed in January and February. After a gestation of 63-70 days a litter of one to four (usually two) kittens are born. The kittens are blind and helpless weighing 3.5-6.2 ounces (100-173 gm). The kittens open their eyes at 16 days, begin eating meat at seven to eight weeks and are weaned at four to six months. They reach adult size at eight to nine months and are independent at 10 months. Fishing cats live up to12 years in captivity but their lifespan in the wild is unknown.