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Latin name

 

Cynictis penicillata

Family

 

Smaller mammals

Size

 

Length (including tail) 40-60 cm

Weight

 

450 - 900 g

Colour

 

A varied spectrum, from brindled grey in the north of the distribution area (Botswana) to reddish yellow or yellowish brown in the south, with intermediate gradations of colour. Southern specimens have a white-tipped tail; Botswana specimens have uniformly grey tails. The eyes are yellow.

Appearance

 

Grey specimens may be confused with the small grey mongoose, but ranges do not overlap.

Habitat

 

Open country, from semi-desert scrubland to grassland in the vicinity of vleis. The species avoids deserts, thick bush and forests.