LARGE INDIAN CIVET/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

LARGE INDIAN CIVET

 LARGE INDIAN CIVET

 


DESCRIPTION: A large doglike civet with a low-slung body accentuated by short legs, the Large Indian Civet is a greyish beast with buff overtones (but less buff than the Small Indian Civet). The coat can be longer in the winters in the northern part of its range. It can be recognized by its distinctive black and white bands on the sides of the neck. The grey face has white patches on the muzzle. It has distinct black spotting on the flanks, dark limbs and a black-and-white banded tail. It has a dark dorsal crest of varying height running from shoulder to tail, the throat and fore chest are black, and the slightly large ears are widely set on the forehead. The dark and white bands on the tail are broader and fewer in number than in the Small Indian Civet. The forefeet are darker brown than the hind feet. Newborn are black with white markings on the lip, tail, ear and

throat.

BEHAVIOUR: Unknown.

DISTRIBUTION: Dooars in northern West Bengal and north–east India.

HABITAT: Low hills, moist deciduous and evergreen forests, and near human habitation.

 Size:  58–95 cm

IUCN  Status: Vulnerable

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