The Serval (Leptailurus serval) is a species of wild cat native to Africa. Around a meter in length, they are slender, with long legs and a fairly short tail. Their large oval ears are tall are set close together.
Servals prey on small animals, like rodents, small birds, small antelopes, frogs, insects, hares, and reptiles, and occasionally flamingoes, using its sense of hearing to locate prey.
Most servals have a bold pattern of black or very dark brown spots on a tawny background, with the usual countershading of white on the face and underside, and have three to four black stripes run from the back of the head onto the shoulders which break into rows of spots.
Servals have also been hybridized with domestic cats to create the Savannah breed.
The Servaline variation, once thought to be a separate species, has a duller, "freckled" pattern of spots. Melanistic (near-black) servals are fairly common. They are usually found in mountains or forested areas, rather than the grasslands where most of them make their home.
Servals and furry
There have been quadruped serval characters on MUCKs and other multiplayer worlds themed around The Lion King and African wildlife. Among these are The Lion King MUCK, African Tails MUCK, Sunrise MUCK, and Maisha MUCK.
- Servals at the Big Cat Rescue
- Two Species, One Design - National Wildlife Federation article which uses Servals and Maned Wolves as an example of convergent evolution.
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