The banded mongoose is a species of mongoose native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is a small carnivorous mammal that lives in social groups of up to 20 individuals. They are diurnal and are highly social animals living in tight-knit groups, with individuals taking care of each other’s young and working together to defend their territory and find food.
These mongooses feed on various food items, including insects, small reptiles, and amphibians.
One interesting trait of banded mongooses is their behavior when facing predators. When threatened by a predator, such as a snake, the entire group will often surround the predator and make loud vocalizations to intimidate it and drive it away. This behavior is known as mobbing, a unique and well-studied aspect of banded mongoose behavior.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No