Common Palm Civet

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Little is known about parental investment in common palm civets since the young remain in tree hollows until after they are weaned.

Common palm civets are classified as altrical, meaning the young need care from their parents after birth.

Little is known about parental investment in Asian palm civets since the young do not leave the tree hollows that they are born in until after they are weaned. However, it is thought that females are responsible for care of the young, providing milk for nourishment from their mammary glands, as well as being in charge of weaning them.

Asian palm civets go into resting trees to mate, give birth, and take care of young, spending the whole mating period in their tree of choice. Couples tend to choose trees for this period in close proximity to other members of their group.

Sources: (Duckworth, et al., 2011; Nelson, 2013)
Image: Marie Hale

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