Unusual features/differences from similar
Larger than any of the other mongooses
that are active during daytime. The only other mongoose of the same size is the White-tailed
mongoose which is
Visible Male/Female Differences
Males slightly bigger than females. Females
have three pairs of nipples.
Habitat and Distribution
Dense cover on river banks, dams, lakes and swamps. Occurs in humid and
Small rodents, small mammals, birds, insects, frogs, reptiles, other
fruit. May raid
Litters of 1-4 are born in early summer after a gestation
of 60 days. Young are weaned at 4-8 weeks. Forages with the mother from 72 days
and starts foraging
alone at 4 months. Remains in the family group for a year. The ears and eyes of
newborns are sealed; eyes open within 2 weeks, will respond to sounds at 4 weeks
and at 7 weeks begin using its nose
Behavior and Habits
Solitary. Most active in the late
have overlapping home ranges of 300-450 ha overlapping with ranges of males. The anal glands are well developed,
their secretions used to mark home ranges. If threatened, it tries to
intimidate the threat by erecting its long hair to make itself look bigger by. They are powerful diggers.
A high-pitched kie-kie-kie rising in
intensity under stress. Also soft, low growls and spitting sounds.
Dung and Field sign
are up to 10 cm long, 1,5 cm thick, tapered at one end and deposited in latrines
to mark area boundaries. Contains rodent hair and
small mammal remains.