H. ichneumon Skull Replica measures 3.9 inches. H. ichneumon Skull replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Known as Egyptian Mongoose
The H. ichneumon species or Egyptian mongoose also known as ichneumon is a mongoose species native to the coastal regions along the Mediterranean Sea between North Africa and Turkey, tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands in Africa.
The H. ichneumon species or Egyptian mongoose’s long, coarse fur is grey to reddish brown and ticked with brown and yellow flecks. Its snout is pointed, its ears are small. Its slender body is 1 ft 7 in. – 2 ft 0 in. long with a 1 ft 1 in. – 1 ft 9 in. long black tipped tail. Its hind feet and a small area around the eyes are furless. It has 35–40 teeth, with highly developed carnassials, used for shearing meat. It weighs 3.7–8.8 lb.
The Egyptian mongoose lives in swampy and marshy habitats near streams, rivers, lakes and in coastal areas. Where it inhabits maquis shrubland in the Iberian Peninsula, it prefers areas close to rivers with dense vegetation. It does not occur in deserts.
It has been recorded in Portugal from north of the Douro River to the south, and in Spain ffom the central plateau, Andalucía to the Strait of Gibraltar.
In North Africa, H. ichneumon species or Egyptian mongoose occurs along the coast from Western Sahara to Tunisia, and from northern Egypt across the Sinai Peninsula.
In Egypt, one individual was observed in Faiyum Oasis in 1993. In the same year, its tracks were recorded in sand dunes close to the coast near Sidi Barrani.
An individual was observed on an island in Lake Burullus in the Nile Delta during an ecological survey in the late 1990s.
In the Palestinian territories, it was recorded in the Gaza Strip and Jericho Governorate in the West Bank during surveys carried out between 2012 and 2016.
In Western Syria, it was observed in the Latakia Governorate between 1989 and 1995; taxidermied specimens were offered in local shops.
Southern Turkey, it was recorded in the Hatay and Adana Provinces.
In Sudan, it is present in the vicinity of human settlements along the Rahad River and in Dinder National Park. It was also recorded in the Dinder–Alatash protected area complex during surveys between 2015 and 2018. In Ethiopia, the Egyptian mongoose was recorded at altitudes of 6,600–9,800 ft. in the Ethiopian Highlands.
Senegal, it was observed in 2000 in Niokolo-Koba National Park, which mainly encompasses open habitat dominated by grasses.
Guinea’s National Park of Upper Niger, the occurrence of the Egyptian mongoose was first documented during surveys in spring 1997. Surveyors found dead individuals on bushmeat markets in villages located in the vicinity of the park.
Gabon’s Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, it was recorded only in savanna habitats. In the Republic of Congo, it was repeatedly observed in the Western Congolian forest–savanna mosaic of Odzala-Kokoua National Park during surveys in 2007.
In the 1990s, it was considered a common species in Tanzania’s Mkomazi National Park.