Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Suborder: Feliformia

Family: Viverridae

Genus: Paradoxurus

Specimen Description

The Asian palm civet have a soft skin which is easily recognizable by its coloration it varies from ashy black to dark black, the skin surface is covered with coarse hair, which gives the overall fluffy looks. The skin is well adapted for inhabiting the tropical jungles and rainforests of Asia.

About the Animal

The Asian palm civet is also known as the common palm civet and the Toddy Cat is areas where the Asian palm civet is natively found. The Asian palm civet is solitary animal that only comes out under the cover of night to hunt and catch food. These nocturnal animals are primarily ground-dwelling and highly terrestrial as they mark their ranges by dragging their anal glands along the ground. Despite being predominately ground-dwelling though the Asian palm civet is known to climb up into the trees either in search of food or to hide from approaching predators.
The Asian palm civet is a carnivorous animal, and like other species of civet. Asian palm civets are also known to eat the fruits and flowers of palms, mangos and coffee in their natural habitats.


Wozencraft, W.C. (2005). “Paradoxurus jerdoni“. In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference.