Status: Least Concern
Names: the black-tipped mongoose or the black-tailed mongoose
Description: As the name suggests, the common slender mongoose has a slender body and a blackened tail tip. The color of their fur varies widely between subspecies, from a dark reddish-brown to an orange red, grey, or even yellow, but these mongooses can be distinguished from other mongooses due to the prominent black or red tip on their tails. They also have silkier fur than the other African members of their family.
The common slender mongoose is the best tree climber as compared to other mongoose. It has up to 50 subspecies.
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Ecology and Behaviour
The common slender mongoose is primarily carnivorous, though it is an opportunistic omnivore. It's diet consists of mostly Insects, other options include: lizards, rodents, snakes, birds, amphibians, fruits, carrion and eggs. As befits the popular image of mongooses, the slender mongoose is capable of killing and subsequently eating venomous snakes, but such snakes do not constitute a significant portion of its diet. Common slender mongooses are more adept at climbing trees than other mongooses, often hunting birds there.
It is listed as "Least Concern" on the IUCN Red list.
Distribution and Habitat
The common slendermongoose can be found throughout Africa and can adapt and live almost anywhere. They inhabit various woodland types. They are much rarer in densely forested areas and deserts.
Interaction with humans
The common slender mongoose has been targeted by extermination efforts in the past, due to its potential to be a rabies vector and the fact that it sometimes kills domestic poultry. These efforts have not been conspicuously successful, although some subspecies may be threatened. It is in no immediate danger of extinction
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