Unusual features/differences from similar
Fine white bands on the hairs giving the Selous'
Mongoose a greyish appearance. It has black or dark brown feet. The tail has a broad white tip
whereas in the tail in the White-tailed mongoose
thirds white. The are bigger in relation to the head than other mongooses.
Visible Male/Female Differences
Females have three
pairs of nipples on belly.
Habitat and Distribution
A savanna species, preferring open scrub and woodland with sandy soils. Independent of water.
Mainly insects but also takes reptiles, mice, frogs and birds. Prey are located by smell and
Litters of up to four pups are born in summer.
Behavior and Habits
The normal movement is a quick walk with the head and body held low to the
ground and the tail held horizontally. They pause frequently to investigate
possible food sources. Avid diggers and scratchers, they will excavate among
litter or at the bases of tufts of grass for subterranean beetle larvae, the
long front claws ideally adapted to this purpose.
They will frequently rise on
the legs and hold the head high, looking and listening for signs of danger. Nocturnal. Shelters in own burrows with several entrances
and going down to 1,5 m. Also uses holes dug by other animals. If chased, goes to
ground in any convenient hole. Seen as solitary or females with young.
Dung and Field Sign
Dung is 4 cm long and contains insect exoskeletons. Similar to those of other mongooses, water