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Latin name

 

Galerella sanguinea

Family

 

Smaller mammals

Size

 

Length (includind tail) 50-65 cm

Weight

 

500 - 800 g (m) 370 - 560 g (f)

Colour

 

A wide colour range, from reddish brown to yellowish or dark brown to olive-grey, the body colour being speckled with grey. Underparts less speckled. Tip of tail black or reddish black. Eyes yellow.

Appearance

 

Small grey mongoose, but slightly smaller and more slender, with the characteristic black-tipped tail, lacking in small grey mongoose.

Habitat

 

From arid areas, but not deserts, to well-watered ones, and from open country to woodland. Absent from dense forests.