Yellow Mongoose is a small mammal averaging
about 1 lb (1/2 kg) in weight and about
20 in (500 mm) in length.
many as twelve subspecies of Yellow Mongoose
have been described. In general, the Yellow
Mongoose has lighter highlights on the
underbelly and chin, a bushy tail, and
a complete lack of sexual dimorphism.
Southern Yellow Mongooses are larger,
have yellow or reddish fur, longer fur,
and a longer tail with a characteristic
white tip. Northern subspecies tend towards
smaller size, grey colouration, a grey
or darker grey tip to the tail, and shorter
hair more appropriate to the hotter climate.
Yellow Mongoose is carnivorous, consuming
mostly arthropods but also other small
mammals, lizards, snakes and eggs of all
Yellow Mongoose is primarily diurnal,
though nocturnal activity has been observed.
It lives iin colonies of up to 20 individuals
in a permanent underground burrow complex.
When frightened, the Yellow Mongoose will
growl and secrete from its anal glands.
It can also scream, bark, and purr, though
these are exceptions, as the Yellow Mongoose
is usually silent, and communicates mood
and status through tail movements.
mating season of the Yellow Mongoose is
between July and September, and it gives
birth underground between October and
December, with no bedding material, in
a clean chamber of the burrow system.
Usually, two offspring are produced per
pregnancy, and they are weaned at 10 weeks,
reaching adult size after 10 months.
member of the mongoose family, it lives
in open country, from semi-desert scrubland
to grasslands in S Angola, Botswana, South
Africa, Namibia, and SW Zimbabwe.