Egyptian Mongoose Skull Replica
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Egyptian Mongoose Skull Replica measures 3.9 inches. Egyptian Mongoose Skull replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
The Egyptian mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon), also known as ichneumon, is a mongoose species native to the Iberian Peninsula, coastal regions along the Mediterranean Sea between North Africa and Turkey, tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands in Africa. Because of its widespread occurrence, it is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.
The Egyptian mongoose’s or Herpestes ichneumon 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 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 lbs.
The Egyptian mongoose or Herpestes ichneumon 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.
Herpestes ichneumon has been recorded in Portugal from north of the Douro River to the south, and in Spain from the central plateau, Andalucía to the Strait of Gibraltar.
Herpestes ichneumon preys on rodents, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. It also feeds on fruit and eggs. To crack eggs open, it throws them between its legs against a rock or wall. In Doñana National Park, 30 Egyptian mongooses were radio-tracked in 1985 and their faeces collected.
These samples contained remains of European rabbit, sand lizards, Iberian spadefoot toad, greater white-toothed shrew, three-toed skink, dabbling ducks, western cattle egret, wild boar, Algerian mouse and rat species.
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