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Merkeeta and Meerkats

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Suricata suricatta
DIET:   Meerkats are mainly insectivores, which means they mostly eat insects. They also eat lizards, snakes, plants, eggs, centipedes and scorpions. Meerkats are immune to the poisonous venom of scorpions.
YOUNG:  A female can have 1 to 5 pups in her litter, with 3 pups being the most common litter size. The Meerkat pups are allowed to leave the burrow when they are 3 weeks old.
HABITAT:  The Kalahari Desert of Botswana and South Africa

  • Meerkats are not cats. The word "markata" means "monkey" in Sanskit (Indian) and the word "meerkat" means "lake cat" in Dutch.
  • They live in large "colonies" of 20-30 members.
  • They forage for food all day long. When the colony forages, one Meerkat is posted as a guard.


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