Banded Linsang

The Banded Linsang (Prionodon linsang)

The word "Linsang" comes from Malay, and it means animal, this particular Linsang resides in Southeast Asian territories. The Banded Linsang is magnificent to look at, slender, with a thin head, pronounced snout and a coat that is not overflowing. Overall hue of this covering is pale, but it is not impossible to see some Banded Linsangs with dark spots. The ringed tail is quite thick and its claws are retractile. The coat is soft and velvety, and the spots found at the back of this animal blend together, forming 5 bands, irregularly-shaped.

A typical Banded linsang's body/head are measured at about .38m, the tail about the same length. The Banded Linsang is solitary, nocturnal in the wild, and they live in trees (but of course, they go down on certain occasions). You'll be very surprised if you see one living off a tree. This Linsang could move very fast at ground level, and it is a strong predator when it comes to tiny insects/vertebrates. In hunting, their bodies move like a snake, disguised by their coverings. Their diet mainly consists of lizards and birds, rats and squirrels...those are their favorites.

The reproduction period takes place twice a year, those are in August and February. Female Banded Linsang produces 2 or 3 newborns in a burrow or a shelter from a tree, and these newborns would only open the eyes after more or less 20 days.
The male newborns leave after just a short time after weaning, and why this is so...even the experts can only speculate. (This is still one of the more mysterious creations from the animals' world.)

Lastly, these linsangs also make appearances in Indonesia and Malaysia...but those are the spotted linsangs.

Interesting fact: These linsangs are among the rarest in the world of civets.

The Banded linsang 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

Some facts about the
Banded linsang

Adult weight : 0.7 kg (1.54 lbs)

Litter size : 2

Weight at birth : 0.04 kg (0.088 lbs)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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