The small Indian civet is a nocturnal, solitary, terrestrial viverrid which is also an adept climber. It is primarily carnivorous, with rodents a significant part of the diet, and will also eat carrion, garbage, and fruit. This civet can be found in most terrestrial habitats, with the highest densities in riverine, open forest, and grassland environments at low altitudes. Their range extends throughout southeast Asia from Pakistan to southern China and everything in between, with a small range in northern Sumatra and an introduced population in Java. This civet tames easily and is commonly kept as a pet to control rodents.
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