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viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
So early in the morning and very nice weather we were very lucky to spot them.
Thank for looking

Appearance
The Dwarf Mongoose is the smallest of the mongoose family, and both males and females weigh only 350-400 gr. Total length is 250 mm and the tail is about the same length as the body. Reaches adulthood in the second year of life. Their coat colour is uniform all over, and can be light brown to a dark chestnut.

Diet
Feeds on invertebrates such as beetles, their larvae, termites and grasshoppers. Insect prey is scavenged on the ground, and sometimes dug out. Small vertebrates are also taken on occasion. Troop members are always on the alert for predators while foraging.

Breeding
After a gestation period of 63 days, gravid females give birth to a litter of two to three. An alpha female can have two to three litters per year. Breeds mainly in the rainy season. Only the dominant pair breeds in each pack; the rest of the group members assist in rearing and fending for the young. Pairs without helpers can not successfully raise young.

Behaviour:
A diurnal, gregarious and territorial specie, which forages in groups. Group sizes can be as large as 20. The roaming pack spends the night in disused termite mounds scattered through its territory.

Habitat:
The Dwarf Mongoose prefers dry woodland savanna.

Where they are found:
The continental distribution of the Dwarf Mongoose reaches its southernmost limits in the woodlands of the Northern and Northwestern Provinces, Mpumalanga and northern Kwazulu-Natal. More widespread in northern countries.

Vital Statistics
Latin Name : Helogale Parvula
Weight (Female) : 210 - 340 g
Weight (Male) : 210 - 340 g
Length (Female) : 38 cm
Length (Male) : 38 cm
Gestation Period : 1,5 months
No of Young : 2 - 4 young
Order : Carnivora
Family : Viverridae
Breeding : 2 - 4 young are born from October - March after a gestation period of 8 weeks.

Description
Has 5 toes on the fore-feet, the first being small and lying behind the intermediate pad. The first toe and the proximal pad of the front feet, which may show when the animal is moving slowly, may not show when it is trotting or running. Has 5 toes on the hind-feet, but only the claw of the first toe may show, well back of the other 4 toes. The claws of the front feet are long, curved and sharp, measuring up to 10 mm across the curve and are adapted to digging. Those on the hind-feet are shorter, up to about 8 mm.

Spoor Description
Has 5 toes on the fore-feet, the first being small and lying behind the intermediate pad. The first toe and the proximal pad of the front feet, which may show when the animal is moving slowly, may not show when it is trotting or running. Has 5 toes on the hind-feet, but only the claw of the first toe may show, well back of the other 4 toes. The claws of the front feet are long, curved and sharp, measuring up to 10 mm across the curve and are adapted to digging. Those on the hind-feet are shorter, up to about 8 mm.

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viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
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Edited by:matatur Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1054 W: 245 N: 1626] (5312)

Tried to lift off some of the general brownish cast by applying white balance to the image...