Spotted linsang

Body of a cat, face of a possum – meet the mysterious Asiatic linsangs

Marcus Chua

Asiatic linsangs are s two species of catlike predators. These animals are native to the evergreen tropical forests of southeast Asia but with non-overlapping and different geographical ranges. Asiatic linsangs are solitary in nature, and despite their primarily arboreal nature, they also spend a significant amount of time hunting on the ground.

Not much is known about these animals because of their secretive nature, but they have been observed to live in hollow tree trunks where they build nest-like structures lined with dry leaves and twigs –just like the small nesting birds they usually hunt on.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Bhutan
2015
Cambodia
2015
China
2015
India
2015
Laos
2015
Myanmar
2015
Nepal
2015
Thailand
2015
Vietnam
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No