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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Viverridae
Genus:Suricata
Genus species:Suricata suricatta

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:29 cm
Weight:.9 kg
Identification:The coat of the meerkat can be tan to gray with dark brown stripes running across the back and sides, a whitish head and throat, and black ears and tail tip.
Habitat:Open savannas, dry areas
Diet:Carnivore: insects and insect larvae, spiders, scorpions, lizards, small amphibians
Reproduction:A pack of meerkats may include several breeding males and females, having up to 11 litters in 2.5 years. Each female has 3 pups after an 11 week gestation period in October to March. Both of the pups' parents help care for the young.
Meerkats live in packs ranging from 3-30 members. There is no dominance hierarchy within these groups.
Behavior:All of the meerkats' activities take place during the day. These animals are well known for being playful.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Meerkats are not permitted in the United States because they are related to the Indian mongoose, which has had a severe impact on the poultry population in the west Indian islands.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Suricate
mongoose
Meerkat
Suricata
Herpestidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals