Asian Palm Civets feed only at night, and it is believed that its fear of predators during daytime is the principal reason for its nocturnal attitudes. They retire to their shelters just before dawn arrives. These civets have the reputation to choose the tallest trees they can find. Their organization and activity habits are determined by the availability/surplus of food and again, the activities of their feared predators (and I do not only mean humans). The Asian Palm Civet is arboreal, and when feeding in the same area, they use the same trees to rest in.
These civets are basically frugivorous, that means, they survive on pulpy fruits, berries and even palms (of course, as their name implies). Eggs, reptiles and insects however, are also on the menu.
The Asian Palm Civet also, every once in a while, feed on the fruits of coffee trees, and how do they do this? More on that later... The ears are just small, a bit pointed, and so is the nose's structure. Coat is gray to brown, with guard hair all over.
Interesting fact: Coffee seeds make their way (in whole) through the digestive path of this civet, then it is collected by people to be used in coffee, and this is no ordinary coffee. This coffee is in high-demand for its unique flavor and is very expensive.
Picture of the Asian Palm Civet by W. Djatmiko, licensed under GFDL
The Asian palm civet, common palm civet, toddy cat is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
CountriesBhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam
Some facts about the
Common palm civet
Adult weight : 3.1 kg (6.82 lbs)
Maximum longevity : 25 years
Female maturity :341 days
Gestation : 60 days
Litter size : 3
Litters per year : 2
Weight at birth : 0.089 kg (0.1958 lbs)
Basal metabolic rate : 6 W
Body mass : 3.283 kg (7.2226 lbs)
Temperature : 36.85 °C (98.33 °F)