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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Viverridae


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Family Viverridae


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Members of this family are medium sized carnivores with long bodies and short legs. Most species in this family have relatively small heads with short pointed ears and a long, pointed muzzle. Most species also have some form of stripes, bands, or spots on their fur. They have retractable claws and most have scent glandsWhat does glands mean? that can be used to mark their territory. The scent in some species is so powerful that it can be used to ward off predatorsWhat does predators mean?. Most species in this family are solitaryWhat does solitary mean? and nocturnal and survive entirely on meat. A few do eat some fruits as well but this is not the norm. Also, most members of the Viverridae family are arboreal though a few are not. This family is large with several species but very little is known about most of the viverrids.
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