Asian Palm Civet, recorded in Dhanusha, Province No.-2, Nepal

 

Asian Palm Civet

The Asian palm civet lives throughout the jungles of Asia and its scientific name is (Paradoxurus Hermaphroditus). It is also called a toddy cat, but it’s not a cat.

The Asian palm civet prefers tropical Asian rain-forests, but these animals are extremely adaptable and can flourish near human settlements as easily as in dense forests. Adult Asian palm civets weigh around 7 pounds and are a little under 2 feet long, with a tail nearly as long as their bodies. These civets have coarse, shaggy gray hair and raccoon-like black facial markings. The sharp claws on their front and rear paws enable them to climb trees quickly and efficiently.

These nocturnal creatures choose the largest, tallest trees in their habitat to rest in during the day after a night’s foraging. Palm civets are opportunistic omnivores, and although most of their diet is fruit, they also eat insects, eggs, and small reptiles.

Recently, Mithila Wildlife Trust captured The Asian Palm Civet in the camera trap set up at Bhatighadi Community Forest, Dhanusha. The Asian Palm Civet is  IUCN Red Listed as Least Concern as it accommodates a broad range of habitats since 2008.

 

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