White-Tailed Mongoose

White-Tailed Mongoose


Name

White-tailed Mongoose [Ichneumia albicauda]

Appearance

No size difference exists between the sexes, which are physically similar in appearance. Body length measures 1.1 m and the mass is 4.3 kg. The coat is dark-grey in colour, and the tails are distinctive with long, white hairs. Legs are black and front limbs appear short.

Diet

The diet of the White-Tailed Mongoose consists mainly of insects, termites, beetles, grasshoppers and crickets. Known to also take amphibians, rodents and snakes.

Breeding

Gives birth to a litter of between one and three young after a gestation period of two months. Mating occurs around November, and birthing is mostly during summer months.

Behaviour

The White-tailed Mongoose is mainly solitary, but may live in small clans.

Habitat

The White-Tailed Mongoose inhabits well-watered woodlands and savanna.

Where they are found

Distribution in South Africa ranges from the eastern parts of the Northern Province, through Mpumalanga as far southwards as East London.

Field Notes

One of the lesser known mongoose, probably due to their nocturnal habits. They are however very vocal with a barking sound that is mostly heard around the mating time. They also secrete a foul substance from their anal pouches as protection when under stress.



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