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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Viverridae
Genus:Cynictis
Genus species:Cynictis penicillata

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:31 cm
Height:22 cm
Weight:.8 kg
Identification:The yellow mongoose is reddish-yellow to tawny-yellow with or without a white tip on its tail. The chin, throat and upper chest are paler to off-white. The eyes are orange-brown in color.
Habitat:Open grasslands, semi-desert scrub and agricultural land
Diet:Omnivore: small vertebrates, small invertebrates, insects and fruit
Reproduction:Breeding takes place during the warmest and wettest months of the year. Gestation takes 30 days.
Yellow mongooses are found in pairs or family groups.
Behavior:The yellow mongoose is active during the day.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The yellow mongoose pack is dominated by a breeding pair.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa Date:1983-08 Subjects:Yellow mongoose
Red meerkat
Cynictis
Mongooses
Herpestidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals