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Common Name : Small Indian Civet     -       Scientific Name : Viverricula indica mayori       -       Other Name : Ring-tailed Civet (E), Urulewa (S)

This species is found in South Asia and Southeast Asia. The subspecies mayori is endemic to the Island. Small Indian Civet is found throughout the island from the highest hills up to coastal areas. It is equally common in urban areas as well as in forested areas.

The conservation status of this species is regarded as Least Concerned (National Red List 2012).

This is a species protected under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance as amended by Act No. 22 of 2009.

The Small Indian Civet is known for its ability to emit a very foul-smelling secretion as a deterrent when threatened.  Dogs that chase this Civet are often put off by this smell, which helps the animal to get away to safety. I have seen this species throughout the island including the outskirts of the city of Colombo. These Civets are omnivores and will prey on small animals, birds, insects as well as ripe fruit such as Bananas.

This species f very common in Wilpattu but is seldom seen due to its nocturnal habits.