Who says cats and water don't mix? True to its name, the fishing cat is a dedicated angler and spends most of its life around water. It thinks nothing of diving right in, in fact, when a juicy fish remains stubbornly out of paw's reach. But not all its entrees are underwater; the fishing cat will take anything from frogs and snakes to rodents and even wild pigs. Active during both night and day, it roams a home range of up to 22 square kilometers troubled by no predators other than humans. Its habitat, however, is dwindling as wetlands and marshes fall prey to settlement, draining for agriculture, clearing for timber, pollution, over-hunting and over-fishing.
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South East Asia
Swamps, marshes, cutbow lakes, reed beds, tidal creeks, mangrove areas and less frequently, fast-moving watercourses
Head and body length, 66-86 cm; tail, 21-23 cm
Estimated at fewer than 10,000 mature breeding individuals