Banded mongooses have a grey-brown coat, a black tipped tail and dark bands across their back. Banded mongooses throw eggs and snails into stones with their back legs to break them. When a predator approaches, they bunch together and move as a group, creating the appearance of a single large animal.
Banded mongooses live in grasslands and scrubby forests in sub-Saharan Africa.
These are a very social species and can live in groups of up to 40 at a time. They will fight other groups of mongooses though when they meet them.
Conservation Status: Common
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