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Small Indian Civet

Small Indian Civet Range Map (S & S E Asia)
Small Indian Civet Range Map (S & S E Asia)

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

Up to 10 Yrs (in Captivity)

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.


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


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


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


Humans are predators of Small Indian Civets.


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
Viverricula indica wellsi

Interesting Facts

Small Indian Civets are also known as:
Lesser Indian Civet

Similar Animals

Malayan Civet
Otter Civet
Large Indian Civet
Large-Spotted Civet
Malabar Large-Spotted Civet


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