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Small Indian Civet

Interesting Facts: Small Indian Civets are also known as: Lesser Indian Civet Rasse.

Main Characteristics: Small Indian Civets have a body length of approximately 75 cms (29.5 inches) a tail length of approximately 45 cms (17.7 inches) and they weigh between 2 and 4 kgs (4.4 - 8.8 lbs).

They are grey or tawny in colour with rows of black spots on their body and stripes on their tail. Their legs, ears and muzzle are also black.

They are active at night and they are agile climbers.

Habitat: Small Indian Civets can be found in areas of thick vegetation and shrub in south and south east Asia.

Diet: Small Indian Civets mainly feed on rodents, lizards, small birds, insects and fruit.

Breeding: Small Indian Civets usually produce litters of 4 - 5 young.

Predators: Humans are predators of Small Indian Civets.

Subspecies: Subspecies of the Small Indian Civet include: Viverricula indica atchinensis, Viverricula indica baliensis, Viverricula indica baptistae, Viverricula indica deserti, Viverricula indica indica, Viverricula indica klossi, Viverricula indica mayori, Viverricula indica muriavensis, Viverricula indica pallida, Viverricula indica schlegelii, Viverricula indica taivana, Viverricula indica thai and Viverricula indica wellsi.


Latin Name Viverricula indica
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location South & South East Asia
Colour Grey/Tawny
Length 75 cms (29.5 inches)
Tail 45 cms (17.7 inches)
Weight 2 - 4 Kgs (4.4 - 8.8 lbs)
Life Expectancy

10 to 15 Yrs (in Captivity)

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