Large Indian civet
|Copyright: Pushkar Mitra (auroco)
|Date Taken: 2014-07-13|
|Camera: SONY Cybershot DSC HX400V|
|Exposure: f/3.2, 1/40 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2014-07-13 9:20|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Outside was too dark. I found a full family of civet cats. parents and 3 children. Here I managed to take a snap of the mother and a child. Picture quality is not good.|
The large Indian civet (Viverra zibetha) is a civet native to South and Southeast Asia. It is listed as Near Threatened by IUCN since 2008, mainly because of trapping-driven declines in heavily hunted and fragmented areas, notably in China, and the heavy trade as wild meat.
Large Indian civets are nocturnal. They spend most of their time on the ground, and are agile climbers. During the day, they sleep in burrows that have been dug and abandoned by other animals. They are territorial and mark their territories with excretions from their anal glands. Their territory ranges from 1.7 to 5.4 km2 (0.66 to 2.08 sq mi).
Large Indian civets are mostly carnivorous. They eat birds, frogs, snakes, small mammals, eggs, crabs, and fish, but also fruit and roots.
In Bengali it is called Baghdas, Bham or Bham Biral and Gandho Gokul or Khatas. Biral= cat, Gandho= smell or scent. Gokul= the place of Lord Krishna (Govinda). In Bengal there is a delicate variety of sweet and pleasant smelling rice known as Govindabhog rice (the rice which is offered to Lord Govinda). The secretion from prene gland of civet cat smells like that variety of rice, so it is often called as "Gandho Gokul".
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- [2014-07-13 15:00]
Hi Pushkar,another excellent capture of this curious specie and a very rare guest of TN gallery,not good the flash effect on the eyes but were impossible to make different.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
Pushkar Bangla-O ete to gondho gokul!!!Dekhe valo laglo.Regards-Srikumar Da
They look like to have fun with your flash light! :)