Palm civet

Taken at the Cincinnati Zoo in Jungle Trails.

Banded palm civets (Hemigalus derbyanus) look like a across between a rat and a weasel, but they are actually in a group of their own, which includes the linsang and binturong. Banded palm civets are solitary night hunters. Because their teeth are tiny they can only eat small prey, mostly insects, worms, and crustaceans.


  • Where to see them: Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo
  • Length: 17-28 inches
  • Weight: 3 to 10 lbs
  • Habitat: Tropical Forests, mountain biomes
  • Diet: Small vertebrates, fruit, and vertebrates
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