AnAge entry for Herpestes ichneumon

Classification (HAGRID: 02600)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Carnivora
                Family: Herpestidae
                    Genus: Herpestes
Species
Herpestes ichneumon
Common name
Mongoose

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
Not yet established
Observations

In the wild, these animals may live up to 12 years [0542]. There are reports of one captive animal living over 20 years [0434], which is dubious as no other captive animal lived more than 12.8 years [0671]. Further studies are necessary to establish the maximum longevity of this species.

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
730 days
Male sexual maturity
730 days
Gestation
74 days
Weaning
61 days
Litter size
3 (viviparous)
Litters per year
1.5
Inter-litter interval
365 days
Weight at birth
Weight at weaning
800 g
Adult weight
2,200 g
Postnatal growth rate

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

External Resources

Integrated Taxonomic Information System
ITIS 621893
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 9700
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