Small Grey Mongoose - Galerella pulverulenta

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Afrikaans Kaapse grysmuishond

F 4 cm
H 3 cm


6 cm,
Deposited in small middens
Contains insect exoskeletons and rodent hair

Unusual features/differences from similar animals

The tail may have a blackish tip which is white in yellow mongoose but distinct black in slender mongoose. The top lip has a groove down the middle but there is no groove in yellow mongoose lip.

Visible Male/Female Differences

Males are slightly bigger

Habitat and Distribution

A wide range from fynbos to open Karoo. Prefers more bushy areas than yellow mongoose.


Predominantly insects and small rodents, also eats amphibians, birds, reptiles, invertebrates, fruit and carrion.


Litters of up to three are born in August-December after gestation of 50 days. Young are independent at four months and have a lifespan eight years.

Behavior and Habits

Active during the day. Mostly solitary. Lives in overlapping home ranges of 5-68 ha; males probably have larger ranges than females.


A harsh growl when alarmed and an explosive "purr"

Dung and Field sign

Dung is up to 6 cm long and 1 cm thick, tapered at one end, usually containing insect fragments and rodent hair and bones. Deposited in small middens near dens or along paths.


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