Common palm civets have short, coarse coats of black, gray, and white, however, juveniles lack their distinguishing markings.
The coats of common palm civets are short, coarse, and are usually black or gray with black-tipped guard hairs all over. Like racoons, palm civet faces are banded and have a white patch of fur below and above the eyes and on each side of the nose. They can be recognized by the dark stripes down their back and the three rows of black spots freckled on each side of their body and covering their legs.
However, these markings are less prominent in juveniles.