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Malayan Civet

Malayan Civet range Map (S E Asia)
Malayan Civet Range Map (S E Asia)

Latin Name Viverra tangalunga
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location S E Asia
Colour Grey & Black
Length 62 - 66 cms (24 - 26 inches)
Tail 28 - 35 cms (11 - 14 inches)
Weight 3.5 - 4.5 Kgs (7.75 - 10 lbs)
Life Expectancy

11 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Malayan Civets have a body length between 62 and 66 cms (24 - 26 inches), a tail length between 28 and 35 cms (11 - 14 inches) and they weigh between 3.5 and 4.5 kgs (7.75 - 10 lbs).

They are grey in colour with rows of black spots on their body, black bands on their tail and they have black feet. They spend most of their time on the ground but they are proficient climbers should they need to do so.


Malayan Civets live in a variety of habitats, such as grasslands, forests and brush, in south east Asia. They are solitary and active at night.


Malayan Civets mainly feed on insects, rodents, birds, snakes, frogs, fruit and eggs.


Malayan Civets can produce up to two litters of 1 - 4 young each year. They youngsters are weaned at around 1 month old.



Subspecies of the Malayan Civet include:

Viverra tangalunga lankavensis
Viverra tangalunga tangalunga

Interesting Facts

Malayan Civets are also known as:
Malaysian Civet
Oriental Civet

Similar Animals

Otter Civet
Large Indian Civet
Small Indian Civet
Large-Spotted Civet
Malabar Large-Spotted Civet


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