Banded palm civet Facts

Banded palm civet Facts
Banded palm civet is small mammal that belongs to the Viverridae family. There are three subspecies of banded palm civet that can be found in Burma, Thailand, Malay Peninsula, Borneo and Sumatra. Banded palm civet inhabits lowland tropical rainforests, acacia plantations and peat swamp forests on the altitude of 3900 feet. Number of banded palm civets in the wild is declining due to accelerated habitat loss (as a result of expansion of human settlements and increased number of palm oil plantations) and uncontrolled hunting (for their meat). Banded palm civet is classified as vulnerable.
Interesting Banded palm civet Facts:
Banded palm civet can reach 18 to 20 inches in length (not including 10 to 13 inches of tail) and 2.2 to 6.6 pounds of weight.
Banded palm civet has short, thick fur that can be tan, beige, grey or yellow-colored. It has 4 to 5 broad, dark-brown bands on the back and 2 bands at the base of the tail, while the rest of the tail is dark brown or black-colored. Its face is covered with narrow dark stripes. Bottom side of the body is lighter in color.
Name "banded civet" refers to the broad stripes on the body. Unusual coloration provides camouflage in the jungle.
Banded palm civet has elongated head and pointed muzzle filled with sharp, pointed teeth. It has cat-like, long body and short legs with sharp, retractable claws on the feet.
Banded palm civet is active during the night (nocturnal animal). It sleeps during the day hidden inside the caves, holes in the trees and man-made objects.
Banded palm civet is ground-dwelling creature, but it climbs on the trees with ease to find food and avoid predators.
Tigers, leopards, snakes, crocodiles and raptors are natural enemies of banded palm civet.
Banded palm civet is a carnivore. Its diet is based on earthworms, insects, lizards, rodents and frogs and occasionally on fruit.
Banded palm civet is solitary creature.
Banded palm civet produces smelly, oily substance which is used for marking the territory.
Oily substance of banded palm civet was used in the perfume industry and in treatment of skin disorders and excessive sweating in the past.
Banded palm civet produces offspring during the autumn and spring.
Pregnancy lasts between 32 and 64 days and ends with 1 or 2 babies that are blind, deaf and helpless at birth. Banded palm civets learn to walk at the age of 18 days and to climb on the trees at the age of 4 weeks. After nursing period of 70 days, banded palm civets are able to find food on their own.
Banded palm civet reaches sexual maturity at the age of 2 years.
Banded palm civet can survive up to 20 years in the wild.

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