Jackson's mongooses weigh around 3 kg and have an average body length of 97 cm. As in other members of g. Bdeogale, there are four toes per foot instead of the expected five. Coat color ranges from gray to brown, but all individuals have a long white bushy tail. The fur is black in the chest area and on the legs, which is why this species is occasionally referred to as the Black-legged mongoose, a common name that should be reserved for Bdeogale nigripes, a completely separate species. The similarly soft and dense fur of these two species also contributes to the interchanging of their names. can be distinguished by the coloration on the side of its neck and throat, which is reported to be a strong yellow. (Creel, et al., 2007; De Luca and Rovero, 2006)
The mating system of the Jackson's mongoose is unknown.
Aside from the actual act of mating, the male mongoose has little to no involvement in the raising or care taking of its young. The female mongoose takes care of its young from gestation to weaning. It has been reported that the female young of white-tailed mongooses (which would include the species (Creel, et al., 2007)) typically stay with their mother into adulthood, while male young usually leave once fully developed.
The lifespan of (Creel, et al., 2007)is unknown, however other members of the family Herpestidae have an estimated lifespan of ten years in the wild and nineteen years when living in captivity. Mongooses typically live a very stressful life that requires constant vigilance for predators coming from the sky or by land. The high number of potential predators and need for vigilance might be expected to shorten a mongoose's lifespan.
Jackson's mongooses are nocturnal, and thus their behavior in the wild is largely unknown. However, studies of other mongoose species suggest that most are solitary, with only a few exceptions. (Creel, et al., 2007; De Luca and Rovero, 2006)
The home range of (Creel, et al., 2007)is unknown.
Communication in (Creel, et al., 2007)has not been described, however, several mongoose species have been observed to give warning calls that alert others to danger. Each call is suspected to contain information about where the threat is coming from (i.e. the sky or the ground).
Dasymus (water rats) and Otomys (groove-toothed rats) have been found in the stomachs' of Jackson's mongooses. Jackson's mongooses are also insectivorous, with a particular fondness for army ants. As adults, over half of the diet of Jackson's mongooses is rodents, with insects, lizards, and birds making up the remainder of the diet. The diet of a juvenile (Creel, et al., 2007; De Luca and Rovero, 2006; Van Rompaey, et al., 2008)consists of carrion and birds' eggs along with some rodents (e.g. g. Otomys, g. Lophuromys, g. Mus, and g. Praomys).
The role that Jackson's mongooses play in their ecosystem is largely unknown, however, it can be surmised from their diet that they help to control the ant and other invertebrate populations. Likewise, these mongooses probably act as a welcomed food source for other carnivores, and in that way contribute to ecosystem structure.
Jackson's mongooses ( (Creel, et al., 2007)) consume rodents and insects that might be considered to be pests in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, their known habitat.
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living in sub-Saharan Africa (south of 30 degrees north) and Madagascar.
uses sound to communicate
having coloration that serves a protective function for the animal, usually used to refer to animals with colors that warn predators of their toxicity. For example: animals with bright red or yellow coloration are often toxic or distasteful.
having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria.
an animal that mainly eats meat
flesh of dead animals.
uses smells or other chemicals to communicate
animals that use metabolically generated heat to regulate body temperature independently of ambient temperature. Endothermy is a synapomorphy of the Mammalia, although it may have arisen in a (now extinct) synapsid ancestor; the fossil record does not distinguish these possibilities. Convergent in birds.
parental care is carried out by females
forest biomes are dominated by trees, otherwise forest biomes can vary widely in amount of precipitation and seasonality.
An animal that eats mainly insects or spiders.
having the capacity to move from one place to another.
This terrestrial biome includes summits of high mountains, either without vegetation or covered by low, tundra-like vegetation.
the area in which the animal is naturally found, the region in which it is endemic.
active during the night
an animal that mainly eats all kinds of things, including plants and animals
reproduction that includes combining the genetic contribution of two individuals, a male and a female
a wetland area that may be permanently or intermittently covered in water, often dominated by woody vegetation.
uses touch to communicate
that region of the Earth between 23.5 degrees North and 60 degrees North (between the Tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle) and between 23.5 degrees South and 60 degrees South (between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle).
Living on the ground.
uses sight to communicate
young are relatively well-developed when born
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