Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Mammalia
                       Family : Viverridae
        Scientific Name : Paguma Larvata

                      Size(H) : 43cm - 71cm 
                                           (17in - 28in)
                      Weight : 1.4kg - 4.5kg 
                                           (3lbs - 10lbs)
                  Life Span : 15 - 20 years

                      Colour : Black, White, Grey, 
                                       Yellow, Brow, Tan
                 Skin Type : Fur
Distinctive Features : Elongated body and 
                                     snout with sharp,
                                      pointed teeth
  1. Masked Palm Civets are smaller civets found in South-East Asian Jungles and the Indian subcontinent.
  2. They are also known as the Himalayan Palm Civet.
  3. They inhabit the rainforests and the tropical jungles.
  4. Though they appear and behave like cats, they are not felines but are closely related to weasels and mongooses.
  5. They get their name from the two black bands that mask their eyes and the series of white spots surrounding them.
  6. They are nocturnal animals hunting under the cover of darkness at night.
  7. They are also solitary animals which are known to be extremely territorial in nature.
  8. They are known to mark their territories by dragging their anal glands along the ground.
  9. They often climb up the trees to hunt their prey and also to get away from their predators.
  10. They are carnivores, feeding on lizards, snakes, rodents, frogs and insects.
  11. Despite being carnivores, they also feed on the flowers and fruits of palms, mangoes and coffee.
  12. Their natural predators are tigers, leopards, crocodiles and large snakes.
  13. The female masked palm civet gives birth to around 4 young after a 2-month- gestation.
  14. On an average, the palm civet lives to be around 20 years old.
  15. Habitat loss through extensive deforestation has made the masked palm civet a species that is vulnerable to extinction.

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