I. albicauda Skull Replica measures 3.9 inches. I. albicauda skull replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Species name of White-Tailed Mongoose

I. albicauda or White Tailed Mongoose have long faces and bodies, small, rounded ears, short legs, and long, tapering tails.

The base of the large, bushy tail is brownish yellow, and on its distal half, the tail is white. This appendage may comprise up to 40% of the creature’s body length. This species lacks hair on its upper lip and on the forepaws. Females have four teats.

Herpestes albicaudus was the scientific name proposed by Georges Cuvier in 1829 for a mongoose specimen with a white tail from Senegal. The genus name Ichneumia was coined by Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire in 1837.

I. albicauda or White Tailed Mongoose lives in most of Africa south of the Sahara, and the southern portion of the Arabian Peninsula.

It lives in a wide range of habitats, from semi-desert to savanna woodland, but avoid moist areas like the Congo River basin or extremely arid areas. It prefers areas of thick cover, such as the edges of forests and brushy streams.

Though they may share a range, they forage separately. They are, for the most part, solitary creatures, with the male and female only coming together to mate.

Reports of groups of I. albicauda or White Tailed Mongoose are either a breeding pair or a mother and her offspring. These mongooses do not migrate except to establish their own territory away from their mother’s range.