Masked Palm Civet


The Masked Palm Civet (Paguma larvata) or gem-faced civet is a palm civet species native to the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The mask consists of a prominent white stripe stretching from nose to forehead stopping just under the shoulder blades. The eyes are surrounded by white fur. The lips, chin, and throat are white.
Its feet are always dark, often black, and the melanism usually extends partway up the legs. The end of the tail is sometimes darker than the majority of its coat.
The masked palm civet is an omnivore feeding on rats and birds as well as on fruit such as figs, mangoes, bananas, and leaves.  The composition of the diet varies between seasons and sites.




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