Common Palm Civet

Common palm civets can live in a variety of habitats including forests, parks, gardens, plantations, and orchards.

Common palm civets can live in a variety of habitats.

Although adapted for forest living, this civet tolerates living in areas near people: commuting along wires and pipes, sleeping in barns, drains, or roofs during the day; and coming out at night to catch rats or forage.

Common palm civets use a wide range of habitats including evergreen and deciduous primary and secondary forests, seasonally flooded Melaleuca-dominated peat swamp forests, Bangladesh Sundarbans mangroves, monoculture plantations, such as oil palm and teak, villages, and even urban environments. They naturally live in temperate and tropical forests, but in developed areas they are also found in parks, suburban gardens, plantations, and fruit orchards.

Sources: (Azlan, 2003; Choudhury, 2013; Chua, Lim, & Low, 2012; Chutipong, et al., 2014; Coudrat, et al., 2014; Duckworth, 1997; Duckworth, et al., 2011; Gray, et al., 2014; Heaney, et al., 2004; Holden & Neang, 2009; Kakati & Srikant, 2014; Kalle, Ramesh, Sankar, & Qureshi, 2013; Khan, 2008; Larivière, 2003; Maddox, et al., 2007; Mudappa, Noon, Kumar, & Chellam, 2007; Low, 2011; Nakashima, Nakabayashi, & Jumrafiha, 2013; Nelson, 2013; Roberton, 2007; Rode-Margono, et al., 2014; Samejima & Semiadi, 2012; Su, 2005; Than Zaw, 2008, Wahyudi & Stuebing, 2014; Wilting, Samejima, & Mohamed, 2010)
Image: Dr. Raju Kasambe


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