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Asian Palm Civet

Asian Palm Civet in a tree. From Kerala, IndiaParadoxurus hermaphroditus, juvenile, taken at Situgede, Bogor, IndonesiaAsian Palm Civet Paradoxurus hermaphroditusAsian Palm civet or Common Palm civet Asian Palm Civet or Common Palm Civet Walking
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Asian Palm Civet Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Carnivora
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Viverridae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family
Paradoxurus
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Carnivore
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
43cm - 71cm (17in - 28in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
1.4kg - 4.5kg (3lbs - 10lbs)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
15 - 20 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Vulnerable
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, White, Grey, Yellow, Brown, Tan
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Fur
Favourite Food:Rodents
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Tropical rainforest
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
2
Main Prey:Rodents, Snakes, Frogs
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Lions, Snakes, Leopards
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Elongated body and snout with sharp, pointed teeth

Asian Palm Civet Location

Map of Asian Palm Civet Locations
Map of Asia

Asian Palm Civet

The Asian palm civet is a smaller species of civet found throughout the jungles of Asia, and easily recognisable by its dark, coarse hair and large eyes. The Asian palm civet is also known as the common palm civet and the Toddy Cat is areas where the Asian palm civet is natively found.

The Asian palm civet is found inhabiting the tropical jungles and rainforests throughout much of Asia. The main populations of the Asian palm civet however are found in southern India, Sri Lanka, South-east Asia and southern China. Unfortunately, Asian palm civets have been drastically affected by increasing deforestation (and therefore habitat loss) in their native regions.

The Asian palm civet is widely spread and fairly commonly found throughout much of Asia and despite their cat-like appearance and behaviours, Asian palm civets are not felines at all but are in fact more closely related to other small carnivores including weasels and mongooses. Unlike other civet species the tail of the Asian palm civet does not have rings, but the face of this species is banded like that of a raccoon.

The Asian palm civet is solitary animal that only comes out under the cover of night to hunt and catch food. These nocturnal animals are primarily ground-dwelling and highly terrestrial as they mark their ranges by dragging their anal glands along the ground. Despite being predominately ground-dwelling though the Asian palm civet is known to climb up into the trees either in search of food or to hide from approaching predators.

The Asian palm civet is a carnivorous animal, and like other species of civet, it survives on a meat-based diet, supplemented by the odd plant or fruit. Small animals such as rodents, lizards, snakes and frogs make up the majority of the Asian palm civet's diet, along with insects and other small creatures scuttling through the under-growth. Asian palm civets are also known to eat the fruits and flowers of palms, mangos and coffee in their natural habitats.

Despite being a secretive yet relatively ferocious predatory animal, the Asian palm civet is actually preyed upon by a number of predators within their natural environment. Large predatory cats are the most common predators of the Asian palm civet including tigers and leopards along with reptiles such as large snakes and crocodiles.

The female Asian palm civet usually gives birth to up to 4 young after a gestation period that lasts for a couple of months. The babies are weaned by their mother until they are strong enough to fend for themselves. Asian palm civets can live for up to 20 years, although most rarely get to be this old.

Today, the Asian palm civet is under threat from deforestation and therefore drastic loss of much of its natural habitat. The main reason for such extensive deforestation in the area is either for logging or to clear the land to make way for palm oil plantations.

Asian Palm Civet Translations

български език
Азиатска палмова цивета
Deutsch
Fleckenmusang
English
Asian Palm Civet
Español
Paradoxurus hermaphroditus
Français
Paradoxurus hermaphroditus
Magyar
Közönséges pálmasodró
Bahasa Indonesia
Musang luwak
Italiano
Paradoxurus hermaphroditus
Bahasa Melayu
Musang Pulut
Nederlands
Loewak
Polski
Łaskun muzang
Basa Sunda
Careuh bulan
Svenska
Indisk palmmård
Tiếng Việt
Cầy vòi đốm
中文
椰子貓

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First Published: 10th August 2010, Last Updated: 16th February 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Aug 2010]
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3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 10 Aug 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Aug 2010]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 10 Aug 2010]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 10 Aug 2010]

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