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Bushy-Tailed Mongoose

Bushy-Tailed Mongoose Range Map (Africa)
Bushy-Tailed Mongoose Range Map (Africa)

Latin Name Bdeogale crassicauda
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Africa
Colour Greyish/Brown
Length 37.5 - 60 cms (15 - 24 inches)
Tail 17.5 - 37.5 cms (6.8 - 14.7 inches)
Weight 0.9 - 3 Kgs (2 - 6.6 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Bushy-Tailed Mongoose have a body length between 37.5 and 60 cms (15 - 24 inches), a tail length between 17.5 and 37.5 cms (6.8 - 14.7 inches) and they weigh between 0.9 and 3 kgs (2 - 6.6 lbs). They are greyish brown in colour and they have black legs.


Bushy-Tailed Mongoose can be found in the woodlands and moist savannahs of central Africa. They are solitary and active at night.


Bushy-Tailed Mongoose mainly feed on insects such as ants and termites, but they will also prey upon rodents and crabs.


Subspecies of the Bushy-Tailed Mongoose include:

Bdeogale crassicauda crassicauda
Bdeogale crassicauda nigrescens
Bdeogale crassicauda omnivora
Bdeogale crassicauda puisa
Bdeogale crassicauda tenuis

Interesting Facts

Bushy-Tailed Mongoose are also known as:
Black-Legged Mongoose

Very little else is known about Bushy-Tailed Mongoose.

Similar Animals

Black-Footed Mongoose
Marsh Mongoose
Yellow Mongoose
Jackson's Mongoose
Pousargues's Mongoose
Slender Mongoose
Dwarf Mongoose


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