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Egyptian Mongoose

Interesting Facts: Egyptian Mongoose are also known as: Ichneumon Egyptian Mongoose may be a reservoir host for Visceral Leishmaniasis in Sudan.

Main Characteristics: Egyptian Mongoose are the largest of all the mongoose species found in Africa. They have a body length between 48 and 60 cms (19 - 23.6 inches), a tail length between 33 and 54 cms (13 - 21.3 inches) and they weigh between 1.7 and 4 kgs (3.7 - 8.8 lbs).

They have a long, slender body, a pointed snout and small ears. Their coarse fur ranges from grey to reddish brown in colour and it is ticked with brown or yellow flecks. They have a black tip on the end of their tail and their hind feet lack any fur.

Habitat: Egyptian Mongoose prefer to live in the savanna, scrub or forests of Europe and Africa. They are usually found close to a water source.

Diet: Egyptian Mongoose feed on rodents, reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians, insects, eggs and fruit.

Breeding: After a gestation period of 11 weeks, Egyptian Mongoose give birth to a litter of 2 - 4 young. They reach sexual maturity at around 2 years of age.


Subspecies Subspecies of the Egyptian Mongoose include: Herpestes ichneumon angolensis, Herpestes ichneumon cafra, Herpestes ichneumon centralis, Herpestes ichneumon funestus, Herpestes ichneumon ichneumon, Herpestes ichneumon mababiensis, Herpestes ichneumon numidicus, Herpestes ichneumon parvidens, Herpestes ichneumon sabiensis, Herpestes ichneumon sangronizi and Herpestes ichneumon widdringtonii.


Latin Name Herpestes ichneumon
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Europe & Africa
Colour Grey to Reddish/Brown
Length 48 - 60 cms (19 - 23.6 inches)
Tail 33 - 54 cms (13 - 21.3 inches)
Weight 1.7 - 4 Kgs (3.7 - 8.8 lbs)
Life Expectancy

15 Yrs

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