Slender Mongoose perched on tree stump Caption: Slender Mongoose keeps an eye out for predators while perched on a tree stump, Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D; Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM telephoto; Shutter speed: 1/320; Aperture: f/8; ISO 400

The Slender Mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) is a small, short-legged, sinuous mongoose with a long, black-tipped tail. Total length, including the tail, is about 60 cm (24″).

It is diurnal, usually solitary, and feeds mainly on insects but will also eat small reptiles, mice, and birds. Depending on location, the color varies from a dark, reddish brown to grizzled gray. (Source: Land Mammals of Southern Africa by Reay HN Smithers)

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