Asian Palm Civet

The Asian Palm Civet, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus, also known as the Common Palm Civet or the Toddy Cat, is a cat-sized mammal in the Viverridae family. It is native to south-east Asia and southern China. It inhabits forests, parks and suburban gardens with mature fruit trees, fig trees and undisturbed vegetation. Most of its natural habitat is diminishing fast.

The Asian Palm Civet is a nocturnal omnivore. Its primary food source is fruit such as chiku, mango, and rambutan. It also has a fondness for palm flower sap, which when fermented, becomes a toddy or sweet liquor. Kopi Luwak is coffee that is prepared using coffee cherries that have been eaten by the animal, partially digested, and harvested from its feces.

Its species name comes from the fact that both sexes have scent glands underneath the tail that resemble testicles. It can spray a noxious secretion from these glands. Its sharp claws allow it to climb trees and house gutters. In some areas of its habitat it is considered a common pest as it burrows in ceilings and roofs of homes and nests there.