Slender Mongoose

Slender Mongoose

Slender Mongoose is long-bodied, short-legged, partly arboreal mongoose, extremely variable in colour. The digits of the hands and feet splay readily and are armed with small but sharp color. The tip of the tail is usually black tipped. Young have olive-green eyes up to 6 months, reddish amber thereafter.

They are found in all wooden, Savannah, thicket and forest habitats and forest swamps. Slender mongoose use termitaries, hollow and creviced trees, burrows and holes for shelter.

Slender Mongoose feed on rodents, insects, reptiles. frogs, birds. They are mainly diurnal foragers, with a characteristic gliding, horizontal gait punctuated by pauses in which they stand up, periscope-like, to scan the environment.

Both sexes hold exclusive territories of variable size. Their gestation period lasts for 2 months and up to 3 young are born, blind and helpless where by they open their eyes at 3 weeks and begin to eat solid foods for 4 weeks. They can become independent at 10 weeks.

They resemble squirrels in their ability to climb trees at speed.

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