African Palm Civet Female Skull


The African Palm Civet (Nandinia binotata), also known as the two-spotted palm civet, is a small feliform mammal widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa. It is listed as least concern on the IUCN Red List.


African Palm Civet Female Skull Replica measures 3.7 inches. African Palm Civet Female Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. California Academy of Sciences specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The African palm civet or Nandinia binotata, also known as the Two-Spotted Palm Civet, is a small mammal, with short legs, small ears, a body resembling a cat, and a long lithe tail as long as its body. The African Palm Civet scientific name is Nandina binotata.

Most communication is through scent markings and sounds. African palm civets or Nandinia binotata have many scent glands. The main scent gland is on the lower abdomen; it secretes a large amount of a brown musk. There are other glands on the bottom of the chin and feet that secrete a scent that has been described as having a floral or fruity smell.

There is another scent gland that is on the belly of a lactating mother. This gland stains the young with a bright yellow color, but the exact reason for this is unknown.

African palm civets or Nandinia binotata make many different sounds. They are most known for their unique hooting calls. When talking to other palm civets they make loud mewing and clucking sounds, and they have the ability to purr. When threatened these civets can growl and they have a loud scream and bark.

African palm civets or Nandinia binotata are omnivores. They live in areas that produce fruit almost year around. Some of the fruit the palm civet eat come from umbrella trees, sugar plums, corkwood, wild figs, as well as the fleshy pulp from oil palms.

Even though fruit is an important part of their diet, African palm civets or Nandinia binotata will eat rodents, insects, lizards, bats, birds, eggs, and hatchlings.

African palm civets are also known to eat carrion. They will even raid farms for small livestock, including chickens, lambs, goat kids, and turkeys. These civets catch prey by stalking and then pouncing.

Once the prey is caught they bite the prey repeatedly and eat large pieces. African Palm Civet or Nandinia binotata are a single species from Southern Africa.

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Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 3.7 in
African Palm Civet Facts:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Nandiniidae
Pocock, 1929
Genus: Nandinia
Gray, 1843
Species: N. binotata
Binomial name: Nandinia binotata
Conservation status: Least concern