Reports of fishing cats are sporadic and, in a few cases, unreliable 🙌 But camera traps have confirmed their presence in some parts of their range, including some protected areas in India, along the coast of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam 😊 Vietnam saw their last captured camera trap in 2000. Reports indicate that fishing cats have been spotted in Sri Lanka’s urban areas. There are separate reports that fisher cats have been seen in urban areas of Sri Lanka. Biologists however, do not believe they were present there. The species was last reported to be found on Java’s north coast.
Dimensions and appearance: This cat is a strong and stocky, and has a large head, long tail, and broad legs. The average fisherman cat weighs between 13 and 26 pounds. They are 15-16 inches high, 38 to 47 inches long, and can reach a height of around 14-16 inches. Their olive-gray coat has rows of black solid spots in parallel, often creating stripes down the spine. The ears of this cat are round and short with prominent white spots at the centre. This cat is known for its fishing skills, but it has very few morphological adaptations to capture or eat fish. The claw sheaths of the Flat-headed cat’s claws have been shortened to prevent the claws from being completely covered when they are pulled out. The Flat-headed cat’s second premolar, which is sharp and long, allows it to catch slippery prey. However, the Fishing cat’s tooth is smaller and more developed. One of the most distinctive characteristics associated with the fishing cat used to be its webbed feet. Today, it had is found that the webbing beneath the toes isn’t much more developed than that of a Bobcat. Roselynn Ham edited this article on October 5, 2020.
Prionailurus vierrinus the Fishing Cat is bigger than any domestic cat and better at catching fish. The Fishing Cat Prionailurus viverrinus has long legs and a broad, deep chest. They also have a tall, broad, short tail. Their coarse, grizzled fur is greyish-brown in colourr with a hint of brown. Longitudinal rows of dark brown spots are found all over the body. From the forehead down to the neck there are 6-8 dark lines. The underparts of the body are whitish-spotted and have a dotted bluish colourr. Although the head is large and broad, it’s somewhat shorter at the mouth. The eyes are greenish with prominent white spots at the centre. Both the legs are shorter than their forelimbs, with two separate elbow bars. Tail is about half the length of head, body, and tail, but is quite thick with several rings that are incomplete and have a black tip.
A small- to medium-sized cat, the Fishing Cat can be found in many countries of south east Asia. Like other cats cat species found around the world (with the notable exception of the Jaguar) the Fishing Cat spends most of its life in areas of dense vegetation close to water The Fishing Cat is a great swimmer. Although the Fishing Cat loves the water, its semi-aquatic lifestyle is not ideal for it. The Fishing Cat has tiny teeth which aren’t designed to hold onto slippery prey. There is also very limited webbing between the front paws of its feet to aid in negotiating the banks. It is still quite common to find the Fishing Cat in certain locations, but their global survival is under serious threat. Specific wetland habitats are under threat from increasing levels The impact of human activity on a large portion of the natural environment. Timothy Cook (Zaria, Nigeria) on May 1, 2021 added the following: