Yellow Mongoose Skull Replica


The Yellow Mongoose is common throughout most of southern Africa. This species is an avid burrower, constructing elaborate tunnels where it gregariously dwells. This diurnal species is primarily insectivorous, but will also feed on small vertebrates, carrion and plant material.


Yellow Mongoose Skull Replica measures 2.7 inches. Yellow Mongoose Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw). Skull is Male. Made in the USA. Cynictis penicillata is the scientific name. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

The Yellow mongoose or Cynictis penicillata, sometimes referred to as the red meerkat, is a member of the mongoose family averaging about 1 lb in weight and about 20 in. in length. It lives in open country, from semi-desert scrub land to grasslands in Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.

The yellow mongoose is carnivorous, consuming mostly arthropods but also other small mammals, lizards, snakes and eggs of all kinds.

In general, the yellow mongoose or Cynictis penicillata has lighter highlights on the underbelly and chin, a bushy tail, and a complete lack of sexual dimorphism. Southern yellow mongooses are larger, have yellow or reddish fur, longer fur, and a longer tail with a characteristic white tip.

Northern subspecies tend towards smaller size, grey coloration, a grey or darker grey tip to the tail, and shorter hair more appropriate to the hotter climate.

The social structure of the yellow mongoose or Cynictis penicillata is hierarchical, based around a central breeding pair and their most recent offspring. There are also sub-adults, the elderly, or adult relatives of the central pair.

Male ranges tend to overlap, while females from other dens have contiguous non-overlapping ranges. Every day, the alpha male will mark members of his group with anal gland secretions, and his boundaries with facial and anal secretions, as well as urine.

The alpha male yellow mongoose or Cynictis penicillata also rubs his back against raised objects, leaving behind hair as a visual marker of territory. Other members of the group mark their dens with cheek secretions. A colony can have 20-40 members.

When frightened, the yellow mongoose will growl and secrete from its anal glands. It can also scream, bark, and purr, though these are exceptions, as the yellow mongoose is usually silent, and communicates mood and status through tail movements.

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 2.7 in
Yellow Mongoose Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Herpestidae
Genus: Cynictis
Species: C. penicillata
Binomial name
Cynictis penicillata
Conservation status: Least Concern