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Civets are a diverse family of mammals found in tropical and subtropical regions across the world. They belong to the order Carnivora, suborder Feliformia and encompass 12 genera and around 33 species.

This article provides an overview of civet size, with regard to weight, length and tail length. Body mass measurements from several studies have shown that adult body masses can range from 0.3 kg for some African palm civets up to 5 kg for some Asian palm civets; however, most species weigh between 1-2 kg.

In terms of body length, they measure approximately 30 cm long excluding their tails, which can be as short as 8 cm or as long as 50 cm depending on the species.

Close up African civet, Civettictis civetta, night photo of wild, largest civet, side view. Nocturnal african predator. Wildlife photography, self drive safari in Moremi national park, Botswana.

Species Variation

Civets are small mammals found in Africa, Southeast Asia, and southern China. They vary greatly in size depending on their species; the smallest being the African Civet (Civettictis civetta) which measures around 20 inches long from head to tail, while the largest is the Sulawesi Mountain Civet (Macrogalidia musschenbroekii) which can reach up to 40 inches in length.

Despite their wide range of sizes, all members of this family have distinct features such as a pointed snout, large eyes, and short legs with sharp claws that aide them in climbing trees.

Dietary habits differ between species with some preferring fruits and vegetables while others prefer meat or insects. In general they are omnivorous animals and will feed upon whatever food sources are available near their habitat.

Social behavior also varies among species but it typically involves living alone during foraging hours and coming together at night for restorative purposes. Most civets mark off a territory by scent marking through urination or rubbing glands located on either side of their body against objects like rocks or trees. This helps establish dominance over other civets who may enter their space.


Civets are small to medium-sized carnivores found throughout tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

They range in weight from about 0.7 kg for a black-footed civet up to 5 kg for a large palm civet, with the average size being about 2 – 3 kg.

Civets exhibit great variation in body size between species due mainly to differences in habitat selection and diet composition.

The smallest species inhabit dense forest habitats while larger ones prefer open areas such as scrubland or grasslands.

Diet compositions also vary greatly among different species based on their geographic location; some feed primarily on invertebrates, others consume fruits or plant material, and still others have an omnivorous diet that includes eggs, birds, rodents or other small animals.

Despite this considerable variety in size and dietary habits, all species share certain anatomical features such as long tails which help them balance when moving through trees and bushes.

Body Length

The weight of civets varies significantly among species, ranging from 0.7 to 4.3 kg (1.5-9.5 lbs).

However, body length is a more reliable indicator of size in adult individuals and can range between 35 cm – 75 cm (13-30 inches) depending on the habitat differences and dietary habits of each species.

Civets typically live in tropical rainforest habitats with dense vegetation that provides shelter for them during the day, although some species inhabit savannahs or scrublands where their preferred food sources are found; omnivorous diets composed mainly of fruit, but also supplemented by small mammals, birds, reptiles and insects as well as eggs.

These dietary variations often result in marked differences in body lengths across different civet populations due to regional availability of resources and adapted hunting strategies.

Tail Length

Civets are small mammals that range in size from 8 to 20 inches long, with a tail length ranging from 3.5 to 14 inches.

The most commonly observed civet species is the African Civet (civettictis civetta) which typically reaches lengths of 24-30 inches when including their tail.

This medium sized mammal has a thick fur coat and a pointed snout resembling that of cats; they also have keen eyesight and hearing due to their nocturnal lifestyle.

Their diet habits consist mainly of fruits, nuts, leaves, eggs, insects and even small animals such as rodents or birds.

Furthermore, these mammals require habitats with dense plant cover for protection against predators; though some species can be found living on open savannas or near water sources.

As solitary creatures civets prefer to live alone and will become aggressive toward other members of its own species if crowded together in an enclosed space.



Civets are small animals, ranging in size from approximately 10 to 30 inches. They have a long tail that is often used for balance when climbing trees or jumping between branches.

Civets inhabit tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa and the islands of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Their diet includes many types of fruit, insects, eggs, birds, lizards and other small mammals.

Civets are solitary creatures but occasionally will gather together to mate or eat. These social gatherings usually last only a few hours before they disperse again into their individual territories.

In addition to providing the civet with sources of food and shelter, these areas also act as markers for territorial boundaries amongst them. Overall, civets demonstrate highly adaptable dietary habits and social behaviors which enable them to thrive in a variety of environments worldwide.


Civets are a diverse group of mammals, ranging in size and weight depending on the species.

Weight can vary from between one to four kilograms, while body length ranges from 25 cm to 60 cm, with tail length up to 40 cm or more.

They have a wide distribution across Africa, Asia and parts of Europe.

In conclusion, civets are an interesting group of animals that demonstrate considerable variation in terms of their physical characteristics.

For example, the African Civet (Civettictis civetta) is larger than its Asian counterpart (Viverra zibetha), weighing up to four kilograms.

This shows how important it is for conservationists to be aware of different species within this family when assessing threats such as habitat loss due to human activities.