Meerkat Vital Statistics
Vision: Color. The dark eye
markings act like built-in sunglasses.
Feet: Non-retractable claws.
Height: 12 inches (30 centimeters).
Weight: 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms).
Light-absorbency: Called the
"Solar Panel Of The Animal World,"
meerkats use their dark-skinned, sparsely furred
bellies to warm up.
Taxonomy: Members of the
Tail: 8 inches (20 centimeters) long and used
as a tripod to balance the animal in an upright position.
Activity: Diurnal (active during
Life span: 12 to 14 years.
Society: A group of meerkats, usually five to
thirty members, is called a "mob" or a "gang."
Southern Africa/Kalahari Desert
Dwelling: Grass-lined burrows that are shared with
ground squirrels and yellow mongooses.
Toilet: Common latrine used by
Transience: Mob moves several
times annually if food supply is depleted.
Competitiveness: Meerkats are very territorial
and will fiercely defend their home from other meerkat gangs.
Guardianship: Meerkats are "snack size"
for a number of animals, so one always stands guard while
the others forage or nap.
Martial eagles and jackals.
911: Various alarm calls
indicate different predators.
male and female do most of the breeding.
Litter size: 2 to 5.
Breeding season: October-April in the wild.
Year-round in captivity.
Helplessness: Born with eyes and
ears closed. Sparsely furred.
adults will baby-sit the youngsters while
the mother feeds.
mature at one year.
Diet: Scorpions (meerkats are immune to
their venom), beetles, spiders, centipedes, millipedes,
worms, crickets (FAST food), small mammals, small reptiles,
birds, eggs, tubers and roots.
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