The life cycle of Jungle Cats (Felis chaus) can be summarised as follows:
Jungle Cat Gestation: 63 - 66 days
Jungle Cat Litter Size: 2 - 3 kittens (max 6)
Jungle Cat Sub-Adult: 8 - 9 months
Jungle Cat Sexual Maturity:
Females 11 months
Males 12 - 18 months
Jungle Cat Lifespan: Unknown in the wild - 20 years in captivity
Jungle Cat facts reference: Wild Cats of the World by Luke Hunter (2015) based on the latest scientific research.
Jungle Cat Reproduction
There have been few studies of Jungle Cats in the wild and so most information is from captive cats.
Jungle cats are believed to reproduce seasonally with mating during winter and births during spring (Northern Hemisphere).
Gestation (pregnancy) is around two months and on average two to three kittens are born per litter.
Jungle Cat kittens become independent at eight to nine months.
Jungle Cat Adults
Jungle Cat female sub-adults become sexually mature from 11 months and males from 12 to 18 months.
Mortality in the wild is suspected to be typically by larger carnivores, and possibly other predators such as reptiles. Jungle Cats are killed by domestic dogs and persecuted by farmers in human settlements.
The lifespan of Jungle Cats in the wild is not known but cats in captivity have survived up to twenty years.
Jungle Cat Facts
COMMON NAMES Although called the Jungle Cat in Asia, it is commonly known as the Swamp Cat or Reed Cat in Africa (subspecies Felis chaus nilotica) due to its occurrence in wet habitats.
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Jungle Cat Characteristics
BODY The Jungle Cat is similar in stature to the African Wildcat however it is much larger and taller.
Jungle Cat Range
In its African and western range the Jungle Cat is associated with reeds and long grasses.
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