Arctictis binturong

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Domain Eukaryote- Every animal is part of this domain. If you are in domain eukaryote you have cells that have a nucleus. Also everything that is in this domain has a cell membrane and everything that is multicellular is in domain eukaryote but you can be single or multicelllular animals to be in this domain.

Kingdom Animalia- All animals are in the same kingdom, animalia and animal cells do not have a cell wall and every animal is multicellular meaning they are made up of more than one cell.

Phylum Chordata- Binturongs are made up of a specific structure that is called notochord, all animals in phylum chordata have bilateral symmetry and have a pharyngeal pouch and are part of phylum chordata.

Class Mammalia- All mammals have 3 middle ear bones and they can produce milk by having sweat glands and mammary glands and all mammals have hair at some point in their life.

Order Carnivora- Carnivores have teeth specialized for tearing meat, carnivores are medium sized for a reason and most carnivores have a pretty good life span.

Family Viverridae- Viverrids are long but have pretty small legs, they usually only feed on smaller animals and they have good senses.

Genus Arctictis- Arctics are binturongs

Species Arctictis binturong


Physical Adaptations

Binturongs have sharp teeth and they have a very powerful bite. Binturongs are really good climbers because of their body form. The binturong or bearcat has whiskers to feel for food at night when they can't see as well. With good eye sight Binturongs can get food easier. If it is night time their prey will most likely be sleeping so it would not be much work for Binturongs to get food if their prey is sleeping. They can communicate for help or if they find something or just for backup.

Behavioral Adaptations

Binturongs lay low most of the time just living their own life but if a predator attacks, binturongs get aggressive but most of the time they are very shy. They learn to get good grip and move swiftly on the trees. They do this because at night when prey is asleep they leap off the trees and attack their prey. When binturongs get older they learn to make noises to scare off predators and they open their mouth to show their teeth because they have a fierce bite. When binturongs are younger they learn to use their tail to hang on to tree branches. Binturongs learn to have balance to walk across tree branches at night to get food from high trees, like fruits and nuts.

General Description

Colors of the binturongs

Binturongs have fur that is black and can have grey tips and they have longer fur. Their face is more of a brown grey color with lots of white whiskers. They also have small ears and their eyes are usually brown and small and they have a long tail.

What do they eat?

Binturongs eat lots of food even though they are carnivores they eat lots of fruits and they also eat fish, birds and some small insects or other small mammals.

What are their Predators

Binturongs are towards the top of the food chain and they only have a couple animals that are known as predators. These predators are tigers, dholes, leopards and pythons.

Where do they Live

Binturongs live in forests and they like the shade. They like to live in grassy areas and they usually live in tropical rain forests in Asia. Binturongs are primarily arboreal and live in the canopies of tall, dense, tropical forests. The average temperature is 80 degrees fahrenheit in the rain forests.

Natural Range

Binturongs live in the wild usually. They live in Asia in the rain forests if you want to see them in the wild. But they are in zoo's all over America.

Life span

Binturongs can live up to 18 years old in the wild and in captivity they can live up to 25 years old.



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