Other characteristic Carnivora are civets, various ichneumons, and the benturong (Arctictis).
Civets are characterized by the possession of a deep pouch in the neighbourhood of the genital organs, into which the substance known as civet is poured from the glands by which it is secreted.
Fossil remains of extinct civets are found in the Miocene strata of Europe.
The civets, being celebrated for their odoriferous secretion, are likely animals to have been naturalized.
Civets, the mungoose (Herpestes), and toddy cats (Paradoxurus) are only found at the lower elevations.
This animal, also called the bear-cat, is allied to the palm-civets, or paradoxures, but differs from the rest of the family (Viverridae) by its tufted ears and long, bushy, prehensile tail, which is thick at the root and almost equals in length the head and body together (from 28 to 33 inches).
Other peculiar animals are twenty-three species of the Centetidae, a family of the Insectivora almost confined to Madagascar; while of the Carnivora there are several small creatures belonging to the civets (Viverridae).