Rusty Spotted Cat
Species: Prionailurus rubiginosus
Rusty-spotted Cat conservation status: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/18149/0
The Rusty-spotted Cat is probably the smallest wild cat in the world. It weighs only 0.9-1.6 kg (2-3.5 lb). They are very pretty cats, with a strawberry grey underfur and cinnamon red spots along their bodies. They have cream colored eyeliner around the eyes.
Rusty-spotted Cats can sometimes be found near agricultural fields due to the high rodent population there but they prefer dry deciduous forests (these are tropical dry forests that have long dry seasons which can last several months depending on their location).
The Rusty-spotted Cat is nocturnal and partly arboreal (tree dwelling), and spends the day sleeping in the bushes or in hollowed out logs. It hunts rodents, birds, small reptiles, amphibians, and insects. The Rusty-spotted Cat lives a long time, up to 18 years.