Unusual features/differences from similar
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
Visible Male/Female Differences
Males are slightly bigger
Habitat and Distribution
A wide range from fynbos to open Karoo. Prefers more bushy areas than
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
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