Rusty-Spotted Cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus)
The Rusty-spotted cat is a small wild cat from India and Sri Lanka. It is grey brown with small rust colored spots running in lines down the body. The chin, throat, underside and inside of the legs are white with blotchy rust colored spots. There are two dark streaks running down the head. The tail has a dark tip.
Head and body length: 35cm - 45cm. Tail length: 15cm - 25cm.
There are two separate populations of Rusty-Spotted Cats--one in India and one in Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, they are found in dense tropical forests. In India, they are found most often in dry grassland, scrubland, and open forest.
Feeds on small birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs and insects. Sometimes preys on domestic poultry.
The female Rusty-Spotted Cat gives to one or two kittens in a den, after a gestation period of about 67 days. The young are usually born in late April.
India, Sri Lanka
The conservation status in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "vulnerable".