The African Serval Cat is a medium sized species of cat that is found throughout Africa, particularly in the grassy savannahs.
Servals vary in sizes. They range from 18 to 24 inches tall, 30-40 inches long, and 20 to 45 pounds. The serval looks like a miniature cheetah except the serval has a shorter tail and bigger ears.
Among all cats, the serval's legs are the longest, relative to body size. The long legs allow for a higher position for its highly sensitive ears. It been reported that a
serval can pounce on a mouse from 20 feet away!
Servals are considered to be
more smart than the average domestic cat, consequently, they can get into more mischief in a home.
The coat of the serval can have a variety of patterns.
Depending on the habitat, some serval's will have a background color ranging from silvery tan to a distinct orange tan. The spotting pattern can vary from lots of small spots to fewer very large spots.
Servals have been associated with man for centuries. It's reported that the Egyptians kept them either as living idols or as protection for the huge amounts of food stored in granaries. The serval has been kept in
Europe as a pet for many centuries and has more recently gained popularity in the United States.