Yellow Narrow Striped Mongoose
They inhabit dry, deciduous forests, living in the trees and on the forest floor.
Narrow striped mongooses are active during the day, feeding mainly on insects, especially insect larvae, which it may dig up or excavate from rotting wood. Their diet is more varied through the rainy season, when they will feast on reptiles, eggs, worms, snails and some small mammals.
They are social animals, living in family groups of up to eight individuals including adults, juveniles and young. Babies are weaned at two months but will stay with their mother for approximately two years. The mongoose can live up to 12 years.
Like all species endemic to Madagascar, narrow striped mongooses are under threat from habitat destruction. Whilst they do not suffer particularly due to the pet trade, there have been reports of the species being hunted for food in some areas.
This mongoose occurs in several areas that are protected, including the Central Menabe protected area, Kirindy Mitea National Park and the privately owned Analabe Reserve. Hunting still occurs though, especially in the Kirindy Mitea National Park, and the population of mongooses is significantly affected here.
- Latin Name: Mungotictis decemlineata
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Carnivora
- Family: Eupleridae
- Conservation Status: Vulnerable
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