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Banded mongoose young

21 January 2016

 

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QUESTION:

When is banded mongoose ready to have babies and are they born throughout the year?

 

ANSWER:

Females become sexually mature when they are nine to ten months old and males slightly later. Mating occurs in summer through a set ritual, gestation lasts around 60 days and the young are born from October to February. Litters are born in grass-lined warrens underground or holes that are excavated in termite mounds. The birth weight is around 20 g and a newly born banded mongoose has a sparse cover of hair and a dark skin. The eyes open at an age of nine days and the young grow rapidly. A female has six abdominal mammae. The young mongooses remain at the birth den for the first three to four weeks of their life where an adult male guards them. The mortality of young older than six months is low at around 10 percent although fewer than 50 percent of the young less than three months old survive.

 

 

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