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The banded mongoose is stocky and sturdy with a tail that is bushy and is practically as long as its body. Its grey-brown coat is thick and is characterised by bold black or dark brown stripes that run horizontally across the back. Banded mongooses that live in wetter conditions tend to be darker and even bigger than those occupying dryer areas. The underside of the animal is slightly lighter than the upper side, while the legs and the snout are darker. It has a large head with small, broad ears, and its limbs are short and strong. The sharp, strong claws are an important feature that allows them to search and dig for food.
Info source: https://www.sa-venues.com/wildlife/wildlife_banded_mongoose.php
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The photo was taken during January 2016 at Mabula Private Game Reserve, Rooiberg, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.

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