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Golden Palm Civet, Golden paradoxurus

The golden paradoxurus (Paradoxurus aureus), also known as the golden wet-zone palm civet or the golden palm civet, is native to Sri Lanka. It prefers a habitat within damp forests, submontane forests, and possibly cloud forests located in the Knuckles Mountain Range, the Central Highlands, and Namunukula. Members of this species can be golden brown to reddish brown in color with no special markings, although the underbelly is pale in color. It was once classified with Paradoxurus zeylonensis, but studies have shown it to be a distinct species, and now the two species share a common name.

Image Caption: Paradoxurus aureus. Credit: Joseph Smit/Wikipedia

Golden Palm Civet Golden paradoxurus