Common Palm Civet

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Common palm civets secrete self-identifying odors and rely on olfactory responses to communicate, instead of using vocalizations.

Common palm civets generally rely on scent-markings and olfactory responses to communicate, instead of using vocalizations. Scent glands are used as their primary means of communication.

Asian palm civets are able to secrete self-identifying odors from their perineal gland, urine, feces, and skin glands. They mark their ranges by dragging their anal glands on the ground and predominately mark substrates by dragging their perineal gland on top of them. Scents left from the dragging the perineal gland remain in the environment longer than any other scent Asian palm civets produce and are used as a long-term source of information about that animal. They also rub their ear-neck region and heels.

Males mark objects with their scent a lot more frequently than females of the species. This is probably because males are more territorial and dominant than females.

Asian palm civets also find mates using scent markings from their anal glands, indicating each civet’s age, sex, receptivity, kin relationship, and if they are familiar.

Sources: (Larivière, 2003; Nelson, 2013; Nowak, 1999; Rozhnov & Rozhnov, 2003)
Image: Mark Louis Benedict

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