January 2018: Common Palm Civet

Scientific Name   Paradoxurus hermaphroditus
Alternate Name   Asian Palm Civet, Luwak, Mentawai Palm Civet, Musang, Musang Luwak, Musang Pulut, Onion Thief, Toddy Cat, Tree-Dog, Weasel Cat, Wood-Dog
Collective Name
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Viverridae Paradoxurus
  Least Concern   Nocturnal   Solitary   Omnivore
  Asia   Forest, Shrubland, Grassland, Artificial/Terrestrial, Introduced Vegetation
  38 cm.   15 in.   43-71 cm.   17-28 in.
  1-5 kg.   4-11 lb.   15-25 yr.   7.7 yr. (Generation)
Fore 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. The common palm civet is listed as “Least Concern” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

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