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Ring-Tailed Mongoose

Ring-Tailed Mongoose

Ring-Tailed Mongoose Range Map (Madagascar)
Ring-Tailed Mongoose Range Map

Latin Name Galidia elegans
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Madagascar
Colour Reddish/Brown
Length 32 - 38 cms (12.6 - 15 inches)
Tail 27 - 32 cms (10.6 - 12.6 inches)
Weight 0.7 - 0.9 Kgs (1.5 - 2 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 13 Years (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

Ring-Tailed Mongoose have a body length between 32 and 38 cms (12.6 - 15 inches), a tail length between 27 and 32 cms (10.6 - 12.6 inches) and they weigh between 0.7 and 0.9 kgs (1.5 - 2 lbs).

They are deep reddish brown in colour with black feet and a lighter coloured head. They have a long, bushy tail that has black and red rings.


Ring-Tailed Mongoose can be found in the humid forests of eastern, western-central and northern Madagascar.


Ring-Tailed Mongoose feed on small mammals, birds, eggs, fish, frogs, reptiles, fruits and invertebrates.


After a gestation period between 79 and 92 days, Ring-Tailed Mongoose give birth to a single cub.



Subspecies of the Ring-Tailed Mongoose are:

Galidia elegans dambrensis
Galidia elegans elegans
Galidia elegans occidentalis

Interesting Facts

Ring-Tailed Mongoose are also known as:
Malagasy Ring-Tailed Mongoose

Similar Animals

Brown-Tailed Mongoose
Giant-Striped Mongoose
Broad-Striped Mongoose
Narrow-Striped Mongoose
Malagasy Civet

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