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Common Name

 

 

Latin name

 

 

Description

 

 

Similar species

 

 

Large Grey

Mongoose

 

 

Herpestes ichneumon

 

 

The large Grey Mongoose (1.1m inc tail) is a grizzled grey in colour the legs being darker in tone than the body. This animal has longer hair than the small grey and is much more shaggy coated around the base of the tail and to the rear of the thighs. Tail usually is tipped in black. Found in small groups or solitary, when moving in groups will play follow my leader in tight formation.

 

 

You could confuse this animal with the darker colour variants of the Slender Mongoose however the slender mongoose is smaller and much more smooth coated.

 

 

Small Grey

Mongoose

 

 

Gallerella pulverulenta

 

 

Superficially very similar to its larger cousin, the Small Grey is a much sleeker coated animal, the tail tapers gradually toward the tip and is not as full at the base as in the large grey. Overall length averages 62cm inc tail.Normally diurnal and Terrestrial this usually solitary hunter feeds on the usual mongoose diet.

 

 

You could confuse this animal with the darker colour variants of the Slender Mongoose however the tail is a uniform grey unlike the Slenders’ which is tipped in black.

 

 

Water

Mongoose

 

 

Atilax paludinosus

 

 

The water or marsh mongoose is much more bluntfaced than any of the other mongooses. Its long shaggy coat and small thick tail giving it a dumpy appearance. Colour varies from black to dark brown. Usually nocturnal this (90cm long inc tail) aquatic hunter can be seen in the very early morning. Prefers crabs, amphibians and aquatic invertebrates but will take usual mongoose diet.

 

 

Should not be confused on the basis of habitat and coat.

 

 

Spot Necked OtterLutra maculicollis

 

 

Cape Clawless Otter Aonyx capensis

 

 

The Clawless otter has webbed front and unwebbed front feet without claws and the spot necked otter which has webbed front and rear feet with claws on both. The spot necked is dark brown all over with white spots around the neck and a white throat. The clawless is brown above and white below.

 

 

Should only be confused with each other or the water Mongoose.