January 2018: Common Palm Civet

Common Name   Common Palm Civet
Scientific Name   Paradoxurus hermaphroditus
Alternate Names   Asian Palm Civet, Luwak, Mentawai Palm Civet, Musang, Musang Luwak, Musang Pulut, Onion Thief, Toddy Cat, Tree-Dog, Weasel Cat, Wood-Dog
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Viverridae Paradoxurus
  Least Concern  Crepuscular, Nocturnal   Solitary   Omnivore
 Asia  Forest, Shrubland, Grassland, Artificial/Terrestrial, Introduced Vegetation
 38 cm. | 15 in.  43-72 kg. | 17-28 in.
 1-5 kg. | 4-11 lb.  15-25 yr.
Front Hind

The common palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus,) also known as the “Asian palm civet” or “toddy cat” is the most common of the civet species and resides in Asia. Not much is known about this civet’s behaviors as it’s shy, nocturnal, and arboreal, leading it to hide amongst the trees at night to evade predators. With numerous subspecies categorized within this species, the common palm civet can have a multitude of different appearances and variations.

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