Slender mongooses are common small diurnal predators from sub-Saharant Africa. They are found in nearly any habitat, but prefer grassland and savanna and are much rarer in dense forest or desert. They eat mostly insects, but will happily consume lizards, snakes, rodents, birds, eggs, carrion, and fruit when they can find it. These mongooses live alone or in pairs. They are capable climbers, and often hunt birds in trees.
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