Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Mammalia
                       Family : Viverridae
        Scientific Name : Viverra Tangalunga

                      Size(H) : 43cm - 71cm 
                                       (17in - 28in)
                      Weight : 1.4kg - 4.5kg 
                                       (3lbs - 10lbs)
                  Life Span : 15 - 20 years
 
                      Colour : Black, White, Grey, 
                                      Yellow, Brown, Tan
                 Skin Type : Fur
Distinctive Features : Elongated body and
                                      snout with sharp, 
                                      pointed teeth
  1. Malayan Civets are species of civets, native to Malaysia and the surrounding islands.
  2. They are also known as the oriental civet.
  3. Distinctively, they have dark legs and spot-like markings forming stripes along their body.
  4. They also have a long tail, marked by black bands providing them with excellent camouflage.
  5. They inhabit the rainforests and tropical jungles and the surrounding islands.
  6. Though they appear and behave like cats, they are not felines, but are closely related to mongooses and weasels.
  7. They are nocturnal animals, hunting under the cover of darkness.
  8. They are solitary ground-dwelling animals which also climb trees to hunt or to hide from predators.
  9. They are carnivores, hunting and preying on snakes, frogs, rodents, lizards, insects and other small creatures.
  10. Their natural predators are leopards, tigers, crocodiles and large snakes.
  11. The female Malayan civet gives birth to around 4 young after a 2-month gestation.
  12. The young are cared for by their mother till they are able to fend for themselves.
  13. On an average, they live to be around 20 years old in the wild.
  14. Due to extensive deforestation and consequent habitat loss, they are a species that is vulnerable from extinction.

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