Binturong

Arctictis binturong

Classifications


  • Domain Eukarya - Contains all animals, every cell has a nucleus and does not contain prokaryotes.
  • Kingdom Animalia - All animals that are in Kingdom Animalia are multicellar, heterotrophs, and they do not contain prokaryotes.
  • Phylum Chordata - It has a bilateral system, every animal has a complete digestive system and has a bony or cartilaginous endoskeletonbony or cartilaginous exoskeletonbony or cartilaginous endoskeleton.
  • Subphylum Vertebrata - They are vertebrates, movements provided by muscles attached to exoskeleton and a ventral heart with two to four chambers.
  • Class Mammalia - Includes 5000 species in 26 orders, everything in class mammalia has hair at some point of developement and they are causally greatly in size.
  • Order Carnivora - Occupy every type of terrestrial habitat, tend to be medium in size and usualy long-lived animals.
  • Family Viverridae - In Viverridae the animals have long bodies with short legs, currently 34 species and are usualy nocturnal hunters.
  • Genus Arctictis - Includes only the binturong
  • Species: Binturong

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  • Height: 30 to 40 centimeters
  • Length: 61 to 96 centimeters when its tail is 56 to 89 centimeters
  • Weight: 9 to 14 kg
  • Color: The binturong has all black fur but on the head it has lighter gray fur.
  • Natural Range: Binturongs are mostly found in Southeast Asia, rarely in Indonesian island of Java.
  • Diet: They eat fruits from fig trees, carrion, eggs, tree shoots, and leaves.
  • Habitat Description: They live in canopies of tall, dense, tropical forest.
  • Predators: Tigers and dholes a dhole is a red fox and mountain wolf.

Phisical Adaptations

The binturongs tail is 56 to 89 cm. It help it survive because it can climb trees so it wont be attacked by other predators on the ground. The binturongs have teeth that are made for eating fruits. That helps them because they eat the most fruit out of any carnivore. They also have long whiskers that can be as long as 20 cm .That helps them find food at night. They have a tail that can support their weight. that helps them because when they are climbing they use their tail as an extra limb so they need a tail that does that.

Behavioral Adaptations

Binturongs are nocturnal which means they are awake at night. This helps them because it make it easier to catch prey. There have been reports that binturongs can swim. That helps them so they can catch fish fore more food to eat. They spend majority of their time in the trees. That helps them because they can catch food and it helps them escape or hide from predators.

Refrences

Binturong. (n.d.). Retrieved March 20, 2015, from The Animal Files website: http://www.theanimalfiles.com/mammals/carnivores/binturong.html

Burton, M. (2002). Binturong. In International wildlife encyclopedia (3rd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 201-202). New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish.

Schleif, M. 2013. "Arctictis binturong" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed March 11, 2015 at http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Arctictis_binturong/