Selous' Mongoose - Paracynictis selousi

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Photo Simon Stobbs
Afrikaans Kleinwitstertmuishond
Zulu Nsengane Tswana Kgano Shona Jerenyenje 

F 3 cm
H 4 cm

Distribution Dung
4 cm
Contains insect 

Unusual features/differences from similar animals

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 is two 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 sound.


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 mongoose excluded.

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