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Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus)

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

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Family: Viverridae

Genus: Paradoxurus

Species: hermaphroditus

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Fun Facts:

Common Palm Civet is also known as “Toddy cat”..


Kopi Luwak is a type of coffee made of coffee beans that passed through digestive system of Common palm civet (extracted from its feces).


Predators of Common palm civets are tigers, leopards, large snakes and crocodiles.


Fast Facts

Description: Probably the most common civet in India, the Palm Civet’s unpatterned throat and tail. Its body color varies from a rich cream to brownish – black or jet black.
Size: Male: 53 to 60 cm     Female: 53 to 60 cm
Height: Male: 30 to 32 cm     Female: 30 to 32 cm
Weight: Male: 2 to 5 kg     Female: 2 to 5 kg
Diet: Deciduous and scrub forests and well- wooded countryside.
Sexual maturity: Male: 9 to 11 months     Female: 11 to 12 months
Estrous phase: 3 to 4 days
Gestation Period: 60 days
Young per birth: 3 to 4 young
Life span: In wild: 15 to 16 years     In captivity: 22 years
Habitat: Deciduous and scrub forests and well- wooded countryside.
Distribution: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, China, Vietnam.
Current Population Status: Decreasing
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern