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Masked Palm Civet

Interesting Facts: Masked Palm Civets are also known as: Himalayan Palm Civet.

Main Characteristics: Masked Palm Civets have a body length between 41 and 73 cms (16 - 28 inches) a tail length between 39 and 56 cms (15 - 22 inches) and they weigh between 3.6 and 6 kgs (7.9 - 13.2 lbs).

They are brown or greyish in colour and they have a black and white striped face. They are active at night, arboreal and solitary.

Habitat: Masked Palm Civets can be found in areas of forests and brush in south and south east Asia. They are the most widespread species of civet.

Diet: Masked Palm Civets mainly feed on fruits but they will also eat rodents, birds, insects and some other vegetation.

Breeding: Masked Palm Civets can produce up to 2 litters of 1 - 4 young per year.

Predators: Predators of Masked Palm Civets include Bengal Tigers, Leopards, birds of prey and humans.

Subspecies: Subspecies of the Masked Palm Civet include: Paguma larvata chichingensis, Paguma larvata grayi, Paguma larvata hainana, Paguma larvata intrudens, Paguma larvata janetta, Paguma larvata jourdanii, Paguma larvata lanigera, Paguma larvata larvata, Paguma larvata leucomystax, Paguma larvata neglecta, Paguma larvata nigriceps, Paguma larvata ogilby, Paguma larvata robusta, Paguma larvata taivana, Paguma larvata tytlerii and Paguma larvata wroughtoni.


Latin Name Paguma larvata
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location South & South East Asia
Colour Brown or Grey
Length 41 - 73 cms (16 - 28 inches)
Tail 39 - 56 cms (15 - 22 inches)
Weight 3.6 - 6 Kgs (7.9 - 13.2 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 15 Yrs (Wild) Up to 20 Yrs (in Captivity)

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