Meerkats, small members of the mongoose family, have long and slender profiles that allow them to easily dig and move through intricate underground tunnel networks They have a tan coat and gray face, plus dark ears and eye patches. These carnivorous mammals hunt insects, eggs, and very small animals. Nonbreeding members of each group often help rear young, monitoring dependent offspring as the breeding female forages for food.
Interesting Fact 1
Meerkats are immune to the venom of certain scorpions and spiders found throughout their range.
Interesting Fact 2
When groups search for food, one member often serves as a "sentinel" by watching for predators.
Interesting Fact 3
Foraging is linked to soil temperature—meerkats are more likely to leave the burrow when the sun warms the ground.
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