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Scientific name:  Arctitis binturong
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Asia
Habitat:  Bosque tropical
Diet:  Omnívoro
Weight:  9 - 14 kg
Size:  hasta 96 cm
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Meet the Binturong!

The Binturong is the largest of all the viverids. Its natural habitat is forests, and it lives almost exclusively among the  trees of Southeast Asia, Borneo, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Its body is robust and has a long prehensile tail  which it uses to cling to the branches of the trees where it lives. Its body is black with slightly silver tips and its head has red eyes and large white whiskers, sensitive to the touch, which guide it in the dark.

After a gestation period of 90 to 92 days, the female gives birth to one or two kits. Female binturongs have a pseudopenis, a rare feature only seen in a few other mammals such as the spotted hyena.

What are its habits?

An animal of nocturnal habits. It is very cautious and its movements are always very restrained, orderly and calm.
It lives in trees and its black coloration makes it very difficult to spot in the dark. Its most developed senses are  hearing and smell. They are also great climbers

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


It is omnivorous, feeding mainly on fruit, occasionally on small animals, insects and even carrion.

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