Genet, a small carnivorous mammal native to Africa. It is closely related to the civet and mongoose. The genet has a pointed snout and a slender body with short legs. It is gray or yellow with rows of dark spots. The tail is long and bushy, with black and white bands. The genet reaches a length of 31 to 37 inches (80 to 94 cm), including the tail. Genets hunt at night for small rodents and birds.
Genets belong to the subfamily Viverrinae of the family Viverridae. They make up the genera Genetta and Osbornictis.