Unusual features/differences from similar
Legs are long and black as opposed to the Large
grey mongoose which has short legs. The Selous'
Mongoose has dark brown legs. The tail is mostly white and bushy. A crest of long hair runs along the back
to the tail
which can be erected when the animal is alarmed. The upper lip is grooved like
Visible Male/Female Differences
Males are bigger than females. Females have three nipples on the belly.
Habitat and Distribution
Savanna woodland in the wetter northeast of Southern
Africa. They need dense bush to hide in.
Prefers insects; also takes a range of other invertebrates and small
vertebrates. Will take carrion.
Blind and almost furless pups are born in
litters of 1-3 in September-January after a gestation of 60 days.
Young are independent at nine
Behavior and Habits
Usually solitary, or mothers with young are seen. Active
only at night. They shelters during the day in
holes, tree trunks or termite mounds. They modifies and extend existing holes.
Food is detected mainly by smell. When
foraging, they walk fast, head held low, rump high and tail trailing. Uncovers beetles from dung and
picks insects off vegetation.
their stink glands for defense as it cannot outrun most carnivores.
7 Different vocalizations.
Dung and Field sign
Dung 6 cm long.
Deposited in middens near burrows.
Contains insect exoskeletons and rodent hair.