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Banded Mongoose

Mungos mungo

Known to many people from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, mongooses are small, catlike carnivores. There are more than 30 species of mongooses living in a variety of habitats in Asia, Africa, and southern Europe.

Description:

Banded Mongoose

Banded mongooses are 12 to 16 inches long with an eight-inch tail and weigh 3.5 to 5 pounds. They have coarse brownish gray fur with dark bands across the back.

Home Range:

Across sub-Saharan Africa, from Gambia to Ethiopia and south to South Africa

Habitat:

Grassland, brushland, woodland, and rocky country

Diet:

Invertebrates, especially beetles and millipedes, and small vertebrates

Reproduction:

After a two-month gestation, a banded mongoose gives birth to a litter of two or three young. A litter may be as large as six.

Social Structure:

Banded mongooses live in groups of ten to 20 individuals, but may include as many as 40 individuals.