Common Palm Civet

Palm Civet

The Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), also known as musang or toddy cat, is a nocturnal mammal found in both urban and forested areas of Singapore. This omnivore feeds on small prey and fruit, and defecates viable seeds, making it a potential seed disperser. In Singapore, civets face the threat if being trapped or becoming roadkill due to the proximity of the civet habitats to humans.

Interestingly, the secretions from its anal scent glands have been described as smelling like pandan. So if you ever smell pandan in an area without such plants, keep your eyes peeled for these shy creatures, recognisable by the presence of a black facial mask across their eyes. 

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Photo credit: Cai Yixiong

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