Egyptian mongoose

Appeared in Egyptian paintings from 300 B.C., it is known as “Pharaoh’s cat” and is considered a holy animal that is housed in temples

Assaf Levy

The Egyptian mongoose has a long body with short limbs, which resembles a reptile when looking from a distance. They have a shaggy coat that is grizzled gray with bands of pale and dark hair, while the underparts are paler.

They are most active during the day; however, sometimes, they are also active at night. They usually forage during the early morning or late afternoon, feeding on small mammals, snakes, birds, frogs, toads, crabs, fishes, insects, fruits, and occasionally dead animals. They also particularly love eggs. They eat the eggs by throwing them between the hind limbs to break the egg against something hard such as a wall or a rock.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Algeria
2016
Angola
2016
Benin
2016
Botswana
2016
Burkina Faso
2016
Burundi
2016
Cameroon
2016
Central Af. Rep.
2016
Chad
2016
Congo-Brazzaville
2016
Côte D’ivoire
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Djibouti
2016
Presence Uncertain
Egypt
2016
Eritrea
2016
Eswatini
2016
Presence Uncertain
Ethiopia
2016
Gabon
2016
Gambia
2016
Ghana
2016
Guinea-Bissau
2016
Guinea
2016
Israel
2016
Jordan
2016
Kenya
2016
Lebanon
2016
Liberia
2016
Libya
2016
Malawi
2016
Mali
2016
Mauritania
2016
Morocco
2016
Mozambique
2016
Namibia
2016
Niger
2016
Nigeria
2016
Portugal
2016
Rwanda
2016
Senegal
2016
Sierra Leone
2016
Somalia
2016
South Africa
2016
Spain
2016
Sudan
2016
Syria
2016
Tanzania
2016
Togo
2016
Tunisia
2016
Turkey
2016
Uganda
2016
Zambia
2016
Zimbabwe
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No