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Masked Palm Civet

Masked Palm Civet Range Map (S & S E Asia)
Masked Palm Civet Range Map (S & S E Asia)

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

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.


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.


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


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


Predators of Masked Palm Civets include tigers, leopards, birds of prey and humans.


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
Paguma larvata wroughtoni

Interesting Facts

Masked Palm Civets are also known as:
Himalayan Palm Civet

Similar Animals

African Palm Civet
Asian Palm Civet
Banded Palm Civet
Golden Palm Civet
Hose's Palm Civet
Jerdon's Palm Civet
Small-Toothed Palm Civet
Sulawesi Palm Civet


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