- They have the longest legs of any cat relative to their body size.
- These wild cats are known to jump upward of 15 feet in the air and are capable of catching birds in flight.
- The serval is similar in color and speed to the cheetah but is able to maintain their speeds for longer.
Welcome to the Serval Quiz, where you can test your knowledge and learn more about one of the more unusual-looking wild cat breeds! This medium-sized cat is known for its different-sized body parts – very long legs, small heads with large ears, and long necks – and is sometimes referred to as “the cat of spare parts”.
Take the quiz to test your knowledge of Servals if you believe you know everything there is to know about them or if you want to learn more about this little African wild cat!
Types Of Servals
The serval, Leptailurus serval, is the only member of the genus Leptailurus. In the past, there have been 18 subspecies of this wild cat although this was revised in 2017 to state that there are now currently only three recognized subspecies (which is pending further research). These three subspecies are:
- Leptailurus serval lipostictus – East Africa
- Leptailurus serval serval – Southern Africa
- Leptailurus serval constantina – West and Central Africa
There are crossbred animals that have part serval in them as well, although they are not considered subspecies of this breed. The Savannah cat is a hybrid, a cross between a domestic cat and a serval that possessed traits from both parents.
While these cats are found throughout Africa, they are more widespread in Southern Africa. In Northern Africa, they are only found throughout Morocco and were re-introduced in Tunisia.
Interesting Serval Facts
This small to medium African wild cat is not normally aggressive to humans but it is not recommended to have one as a pet. They are still wild animals and they may sound like a cat, they do meow and purr, but they also hiss, cackle, grunt, cackle and emit a high-pitched chirp. Here are additional interesting facts about this unusual cat:
- Servals are mostly nocturnal, solitary animals.
- Their long legs are largely due to the greatly elongated metatarsal bones in the feet.
- They often play with their food before eating it.
- Their extra-long legs, plus their elongated necks, earned them the nickname “giraffe cat”.
- They communicate by marking their territory.