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Marsh Mongoose

Marsh Mongoose Range Map (Africa)
Marsh Mongoose Range Map (Africa)
Attribution: IUCN, species assessors & spatial data authors

Latin Name Atilax paludinosus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Africa
Colour Dark Brown
Length 46 - 62 cms (18 - 24 inches)
Tail 32 - 53 cms (12.6 - 21 inches)
Weight 2.5 - 4.1 Kgs (5.5 - 9 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 17 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

Marsh Mongoose are medium-sized and they have a body length between 46 and 62 cms (18 - 24 inches), a tail length between 32 and 53 cms (12.6 - 21 inches) and they weigh between 2.5 and 4.1 kgs (5.5 - 9 lbs).


Marsh Mongoose can be found in swampy, marshy areas in Africa.


Marsh Mongoose are omnivores and they feed on a wide variety of foods such as, crabs, mussels, snails, reptiles, birds, insects, eggs and fruit.


Marsh Mongoose breed twice a year, once during the dry season and once during the wet season. After a gestation period of approximately 76 days females give birth to 2 youngsters.



Subspecies of the Marsh Mongoose are:

Atilax paludinosus macrodon
Atilax paludinosus mitis
Atilax paludinosus mordax
Atilax paludinosus nigerianus
Atilax paludinosus paludinosus
Atilax paludinosus pluto
Atilax paludinosus robustus
Atilax paludinosus rubellus
Atilax paludinosus rubescens
Atilax paludinosus spadiceus
Atilax paludinosus transvaalensis

Interesting Facts

Marsh Mongoose are also known as:
Water Mongoose

Similar Animals

Bushy-Tailed Mongoose
Black-Footed Mongoose
Yellow Mongoose
Jackson's Mongoose
Pousargues's Mongoose
Slender Mongoose
Dwarf Mongoose


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