White-tailed Mongoose [Ichneumia albicauda]
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.
The diet of the White-Tailed Mongoose consists mainly of insects, termites, beetles, grasshoppers and crickets. Known to also take amphibians, rodents and snakes.
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.
The White-tailed Mongoose is mainly solitary, but may live in small clans.
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.
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.