The serval (Leptailurus serval) /ˈsɜːrvəl/ is a wild cat native to Africa.
This bread is when stading 54 to 62 cm (21–24 in) at the shoulder and weighs 8 to 18 kg (18–40 lb).
The head-and-body length is typically between 67 and 100 cm (26–39 in).
Prominent characteristics include the small head, large ears, spotted and striped coat, long legs and a black-tipped tail that is around 30 cm (12 in) long.
The serval has the longest legs of any cat relative to its body size, largely due to the greatly elongated metatarsal bones in the feet.
The toes are elongated as well, and unusually mobile.
This ones’s ears are large as those of a domestic cat (but large relative to the size of the head) and can rotate up to 180 degrees independently of each other.
The serval has a good sense of smell, hearing and vision.
Serval as pets
The association of servals with human beings dates to the time of Ancient Egypt. Servals are depicted as gifts or traded objects from Nubia in Egyptian art.
Like many other species of felid, servals are occasionally kept as pets, although their wild nature means that ownership of servals is regulated in most countries.
servals as pets is not recommended, all wild cats are not good candidates for domestic life.
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