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.
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.
Across sub-Saharan Africa, from Gambia to Ethiopia and south to South Africa
Grassland, brushland, woodland, and rocky country
Invertebrates, especially beetles and millipedes, and small vertebrates
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.
Banded mongooses live in groups of ten to 20 individuals, but may include as many as 40 individuals.