Diet: Scorpions (meerkats are immune to their venom), beetles, spiders, centipedes, millipedes, worms, crickets (FAST food), small mammals, small reptiles, birds, eggs, tubers and roots
Guardianship: Meerkats are "snack size" for a number of animals, so one always stands guard while the others forage or nap.
Primary predators: Martial eagles and jackals.
911: Meekats make different sounds to indicate different predators.
Specialization: Alpha male and female do most of the breeding.
Litter size: 2 to 5.Gestation: Eleven weeks.
Breeding season: October-April in the wild. Year-round in captivity.
Helplessness: Born with eyes and ears closed. Sparsely furred.
Helpfulness: Various adults will baby-sit the youngsters while the mother feeds.
Precociousness: consider an adult after one at one year.
Home range: Southern Africa/Kalahari Desert
Dwelling: Grass-lined burrows that are shared with ground squirrels and yellow mongooses.
Toilet: Common latrine used by all members.
Transience: Mob moves several times annually if food supply is depleted.
Competitiveness:Meerkats are very territorial and will fiercely defend their home from other meerkat gangs.
•Meerkats long tail helps me balance when I’m standing up.
•Meerkats have excellent eyesight.
•The dark area around meerkats eyes act as built-in sunglasses, by reducing the glare from the sun when we look into the sky!
•Meerkats are immune to the poison from scorpions and snakes!
•Meerkats can close their ears to stop sand getting in.
•Meerkats take it in turns to be on guard, watching the skies for predators, like hawks and eagles.
•If there is any sign of danger, meerkats sound the alarm with a loud barking sound.
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