Latin name: Civettictis civetta
Average lifespan: Between 10 and 14 years
Size: 17 to 28 in (43 to 71 cm)
Weight: 3 to 10 lb (1.4 to 4.5 kg).
The Common Palm Civet , also known as the' Asian Palm Civet' 'Musang' or the 'Toddy Cat', is a cat-sized mammal that resides in the Southeast Asian tropical rainforests. The Common Palm Civet is found from the Himalayas and southern China, to the Philippines, the Malay peninsula and the Indonesian islands. The Common Palm Civet is a highly adaptive animal and can live in dense forests, agricultural areas and even alongside humans.
What does a Civet look like?
Most civets have catlike bodies, long tails, and weasellike faces. Their fur may be gray or brown, and may be marked in various patterns.
Where does the Civet live?
Viverrids are native to Africa (except the area immediately south of the Mediterranean), Madagascar, the Iberian Peninsula, southern China, and Southeast Asia.
What does a Civet eat?
The Common Palm Civet is a nocturnal omnivore. Its primary food source is fruit such as chiku (from a long-lived, evergreen tree native to the New World tropics), mango (a tropical fruit of the mango tree) and rambutan (a medium-sized tropical tree). It also has a fondness for palm flower sap which, when fermented, becomes 'toddy', a sweet liquor.
Did you know about these Civet facts?
The civet produces a musk (also called civet) highly valued as a fragrance and stabilizing agent for perfume.
Both male and female civets produce the strong-smelling secretion, which is produced by the civet's perineal glands.
In Sri Lanka, the palm civet is known as 'Uguduwa' by the Sinhala speaking community. In most parts of the island, the civets become a menace to the people due to fact that it litters in ceilings and attics of common households and then makes loud noises at night disturbing the sleep of the inhabitants of the house (noises are mostly due to their movements and fights).
Civets have 40 teeth. They have five digits on each paw with non-retractable claws.
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