Marsh mongoose

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Marsh mongoose

Order : Carnivora
Family : Herpestidae
Subfamily : Herpestinae
Species : Atilax paludinosus

 

Keywords: tail

The Marsh mongoose, water mongoose is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the marsh mongoose
A marsh mongoose group is called a 'mongeese or mongaggle'.
Some facts about the
Marsh mongoose

Adult weight : 3.3 kg (7.26 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 21 years

Male maturity : 255 days

Gestation : 76 days

Weaning : 36 days

Litter size : 2

Litters per year : 2

Weight at birth : 0.1 kg (0.22 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 0.55 kg (1.21 lbs)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

Facts about the marsh mongoose

Range and Habitat The marsh mongoose is largely distributed throughout Africa south of the Sahara desert.

The Marsh Mongoose is widely distributed over all the better-watered parts of Africa. (Full text)

The shaggy-coated marsh mongoose is not uncommon in suitable habitat alongside rivers and swamps, where it feeds on crabs and molluscs. (Full text)

The marsh mongoose is very rare and the three most likely to be seen are the dwarf, banded and slender or black-tipped. (Full text)

According to Kingdon (1989), the marsh mongoose is the nearest ecological competitor of the clawless otter, although it forages mostly in marshes and on the riverbank whereas the otter forages in deep water.

Civet and porcupine have continued to show up at regular intervals and sightings of genet, thick tailed and lesser bush baby, white-tailed and marsh mongooses are frequently recorded.

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