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As urbanisation encroaches on the small spotted genet's habitat, it seeks shelter in residential areas, but faces shooting, poisoning and trapping threats.

HAVE you seen small spotted common genets on your property lately? If you have, please do not harass or chase them away as there are not considered a threat.

"Small spotted genets are often encouraged onto properties because they aid in keeping vermin populations in check, especially in areas where crops can be negatively affected by pests," said Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo representative, Jenny Moodley.

Residents are also encouraged not to feed, shoot, poison, trap, or injure the animals.

The small spotted genet is one of the growing numbers of wild creatures looking for somewhere to live as urbanisation destroys their habitat.

Moodley added that the creatures were not endangered, as they are listed under ‘least concern' on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (ICUN) Red List.

The creatures are found across southern Africa, especially in the drier areas.

The small spotted genet's distinguishing feature is a white-tipped tail, as opposed to the large spotted genet's black-tipped tail.

A crest of long black erect hairs runs along the genet's spine, and it sports distinct white patches below its eyes; these are less prominent around the mouth and on the forehead.

The creatures are most active at night, when they hunt for small creatures such as mice, rats, birds, lizards, bats, scorpions and insects.

Sometimes they eat poultry and game birds, but nevertheless remain harmless.

During the day, the creatures hide in sheltered crevices, hollow logs, and old burrows, or in thick shaded vegetation.

If you have genets on your property please leave them alone or contact FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre on (011) 807-6993 or (083) 558-5658 to have them relocated.